Battles, Hassles, Tantrums and Tears; Strategies for Coping with Conflict and Making Peace at Home

Battles, Hassles, Tantrums and Tears; Strategies for Coping with Conflict and Making Peace at Home

by Susan Beekman, Jeanne Holmes


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Bedtime. Chores. Homework. Sibling bickering. When these and other hassles with your children bring you to the boiling point, use this strategy-packed book to handle conflicts creatively, according to your unique personality — not an expert's "method." Enlightening self assessments reveal your style for resolving conflict: Collaborating, Compromising Accommodating, Avoiding, or Directing. Later chapters show how to apply the authors innovative C H O I.C.E.S. system to handle old problems in new ways tailor-made to the needs of your family. Examples and practice sessions will give you ideas to try - and make you chuckle sometimes, too.

Chock-full of field-tested tactics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688119379
Publisher: Hearst Books
Publication date: 09/01/1993
Series: Good Housekeeping Parent Guides
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.84(d)

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When we think of apeaceful scene, most of us conjure up uto-pian fantasies. As a result we have unrealistic expectations about what a peaceful family should be. We envision a family in a per-petual state of peace and love. This romantic image must be re-placed with an attainable goal if we are to feel successful as parents in the real world.

Let's replace our image of a peaceful family with one of apeacea-ble family, a family that'sable to make peace, a family involved in the ongoing process of resolving conflicts. Kids and grown-ups in a peaceable family are just like kids and grown-ups in any other fam-ily. The children haven't been injected with a serum that tranquil-izes them into being nonviolent lambs for life. The parents are very capable of losing their patience, just like all parents everywhere. It is the process for dealing with inevitable conflicts that is unique.

Copyright © 1993 by Susan Beekman and Jeanne Holmes

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