Managing Conflict Together (10-20-2011)

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting



Having disagreement and difficulty with a teen is like throwing wheat on a threshing floor –- you toss it up into the air;  the healthy seeds land, and the chaff gets blown away by the wind.

Parents can make a common mistake when conflict shows itself; they can over-focus and micro-manage every difference of opinion as if it were a mountain, instead of a mole-hill. And they can take the disagreement personally, when it really isn’t.

There are times in raising teens when you just have to decide to let go of the smaller issues in order to focus on other more important ones. A wise parent will hold the reins on what really matters, but give a teen some slack about things not quite so important.

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