After trying to write this post for about the 4th time today I’m starting to wonder exactly what kind of day is in store for me! It’s moments like these when the chaos of the morning takes my patience away from me that I wonder how I’ll be able to manage when we have our second child. But that’s another post all together!
One week from Today Beech Acres is having their next monthly parenting workshop series and this month it will be:
Tuesday, March 15, 20117:00-8:00 PM
Location: Beech Acres Parenting Center,
6881 Beechmont Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
Has your child ever felt left out? Been crushed by the offhand remark of a teacher? Or had challenges getting along with other kids? Your child is not alone. Conflict and emotional pain are a part of life. Kids can actually become stronger from these experiences and better able to deal with them in the future. This is resilience – the ability to draw strength when bad things happen. You can help your child become more resilient. We’ll provide you with strategies to help coach your children on how to cope with everyday hurdles as well as from complex situations like bullying, challenges at home, illness, divorce, and much more.
We are pretty excited about it because we’ve already learned so much and it just keeps getting better and better! Yes, Beech Acres Parenting Center provides an array of services to help parents but we want to remind everyone that this is another one of their services for parents to be proactive with their parenting skills. You can read more about our experiences with Beech Acres here and why we’re such a fan of their workshops!
There was a lot of great information including the differences between informal communication and positive communication with great focus on peaceful conflict resolution. We talked about the differences in conflict management styles which are:
- Problem Solver
Once you know which of the above you are it helps to be intentional and mindful when you’re trying to improve relationships and have positive communication with your kids, husband, friends and family. Personally, I am definitely the problem solver. I drive my husband crazy because whenever we have an argument or disagreement I can’t let it go until I’ve “talked it out” or have some sort of resolution. (Friends who know me well also know this about me!) Because everyone deals with conflict differently it’s important to take that into account and not expect everyone to do it your way. I’ve learned there are some things that you just have to let go and at times, the resolution is to walk away, let it rest and start over. Not an easy thing for a “problem solver”! What’s important to me is that I can learn how my kid(s) handle conflict and respect that as they get older. My worst fear is having a teenager that won’t talk to me. I don’t want to be one of those parents pushing their teen away because they’re chasing them around the house asking them “what’s wrong? what’s wrong?”
One of my favorite parts of the workshop was hearing parents share what has and hasn’t worked for them in their quest to have great communication with their kids and families. All in all, good communication is learned skill that we can always learn more about. It was a great reminder you can improve relationships through positive communication without attacking, blaming, complaining or giving destructive criticism. So, which of the above Conflict Management Styles are you? Confrontational, avoidance or problem solver?