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Although we don’t always like to admit it, all families fight. Spouses argue with each other, siblings butt heads, and children disobey their parents. Even extended family members can get pulled into a nuclear family feud.
Everyday disputes between family members whether over what to buy at the grocery store, what movie to watch, or who gets the biggest slice of cake are natural. In fact, frequent fights can indicate emotional closeness in a family, as people who feel connected to each other will often be more open about their feelings. But it’s also important to know how to resolve these conflicts when they occur, so that the family can learn from each dispute and ultimately grow.
The Little Conflict Guide addresses the reality of family conflict and offers readers methods for conflict resolution. Using a humorous and warm tone, Schneider presents practical, thought-provoking ideas to end fights and restore harmony. With one or two pages devoted to each solution, including bright illustrations, this guide will help families resolve their conflicts in record time and feel prepared to tackle any disputes that crop up in the future!
Stephanie Schneider is a freelance journalist and author. She documents her own life, and the lives of her friends, in her books and biweekly column, "Pampers, Not Palm Trees," which appears in two German newspapers. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Hanover, Germany. Kai Pannen is an illustrator who also specializes in acrylic painting and animation. He works from his offices in Hamburg, Germany.
Table of Contents
Foreword Fighting is normal Strong children fight Fighting is the opposite of apathy Don’t fight with everyone! Am I expecting too much? Strokes for fight-starters When two people fight, everyone joins in The vacation exercise What can I do to make you feel better? Press pause Defiance is different from fighting Fighting is good escalation is bad Help Pete out Time-outs Avoid presidential debates Taming the paper chaos Fighting siblings Figure it out by yourselves! My mediation tactic for moms and dads Water under the bridge Kiss and make up There will always be another fight