With more family time than ever before, the likelihood of family conflict is high. And lovingly responding to your child who is mad at you—is hard. Being on the receiving end of your child’s seething anger can be exhausting.
Conflict between parents and kids is inevitable.
I still remember being a tween and my parents saying that grounding me was harder for them than it was for me. I would sarcastically think to myself, “Sure, okay.”
But decades later, as a parent, I feel the exact same way.
I hate it when my boys are mad at me.
As parents, it can be difficult to watch our kids suffer the consequences from their own actions.
But that is how they learn. And no parenting book prepares you for that awful feeling you experience when your kid is disobedient, defiant . . . and angry.
But engaging in healthy conflict doesn’t just happen—it takes skill and practice.
Here are a few suggestions for how to respond to your child during and after a conflict.
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