Sibling Rivalry Help for Parents

If you already have children, when a new baby arrives so does potential for sibling rivalry. As a parent you can help minimize this by preparing before you bring the child home, by understanding the roots, and by helping your children learn conflict resolution skills.  Preparing For a New Sibling The type and quantity of preparation a child needs to prepare for a new sibling depends on age and personality. As a parent, you need to be in tune with each of your children's unique needs. B...
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Moving from Gridlock to Dialogue

Do you feel hopelessly stuck over a problem you and your spouse just can't solve? If so, learning to cope with the conflict may seem impossible, and you might fear your relationship is doomed. But don't despair. Many couples learn to deal with their gridlocked problems and build happy, successful relationships. A key to dealing with a gridlocked problem is to remember you don't have to solve the problem. It might never go away completely. Your goal, according to John Gottman, is to move "...
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Handling Conflict in Marriage

Disagreements and arguments crop up in even the best marriages. It's how conflict is handled that is an important key to marital success. Current research confirms that poorly handled conflict between married couples can negatively influence mental, physical, and family health. Feelings of anger, bitterness, and unhappiness - sometimes leading to separation and divorce - often result. But couples need not settle for these experiences. Partners can realize, as stated in The Family: A Pr...
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How Can I Have Compassion for Those Who Hurt Me?

By Emma Lu D We were seated on folding chairs surrounding the room. Many of the attendees seemed in a restless state. Then mixed voices erupted and they projected their anger upon each other like fiery darts. The problem seemed focused on conflicts in the Home Owners Association regarding fence lines, landscape choices, and mixed concerns regarding new roofing. As I viewed the situation, it seemed the challenge was between those who wanted to be in charge versus those who were in charge. The sa...
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