Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 129 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to an expert in conflict resolution about having more productive fights and arguments! Yes, there’s a way to do this better, folks!
Dr. Hal Movius is an applied psychologist, a father of two and the author of a new book called Resolve: Negotiating Life’s Conflicts with Greater Confidence. He’s an expert in conflict and negotiation, and on this episode he talks to us about why we should commit—not to eliminating all conflict in our households—but to fighting well. So whether you’d like to handle conflicts better with your child, a parent, your partner or a former partner, Dr. Movius has got some great tangible advice.
Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Dr. Hal Movius.
Dr. Hal’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“I would say that the best parenting advice that I’ve ever received is to learn to pick your battles and to learn to let go at certain moments. Because as a parent you have many impulses, wishes and fears. It could really be overwhelming for you and your child if all of them get expressed. Specially, in the last 10 years there has been a big movement towards authenticity, straight talk and other things. But I think for children, one of the really important things is helping them experience us in a way that is not overwhelming. For me, a really important piece of advice is think really hard about whether this is the thing, the moment you want to engage your kid and say ‘Hey, no skateboarding in the house,’ or you could let that go because there’s other things that you have to talk about with them.”
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