Arguments are incredibly common among the healthiest of families. Its members may have different opinions, beliefs or expectations which can generate conflict. Disputes between parents and children are also common. They may revolve around rules, sibling rivalry, misunderstandings, resentments, and more. At Healthy Connections, we believe that a normal amount of family conflict is even beneficial. It creates space for assertiveness, a healthy way of communication where family members express their needs and opinions, get on the same page, agree to disagree, or where children clarify beliefs and values.
However, if conflicts are excessive, out of control, full of disrespect, name calling, yelling or back talk, if a solution is nowhere near in sight, we recommend you consult with us. There may be underlying causes generating frustration, anger and miscommunication. You want to keep the negative impact of arguments to a minimum. In families where disputes run rampant, where there is a high degree of conflict and anger, children are at a greater risk of social, interpersonal, and behavioral problems as well as falling into academic underachievement.
At Healthy Connections, we give you the tools towards conflict resolution, by focusing on what unites you, and your family. We are interested in partnering with you, and those you care about to become empowered. Family arguments can decrease to healthy levels through the practice of Triumph Steps, a curriculum composed of simple steps leading to the exercise of personal responsibility, personal growth and ultimately, wellbeing.