With so many families confined to a stay-at-home mandate conflicts that may be minor within the home can easily be intensified. This pressure-testing in our families can be extremely challenging to deal with. The constancy of being so exposed and vulnerable to each other can create devastating relational discord from the simplest of conflictual issues.
In a recent article by Abby Moore in mindbodygreen she describes 4 of these conflicts and some helpful suggestions on how to deal with them. Here is a portion of this article:
Sheltering in place presents a unique opportunity to spend more time with family than ever before. While that change is something to be grateful for, it doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Trying to work, educate, and have fun together—24 hours a day, seven days a week—will inevitably raise conflicts. So how do we mitigate arguments and tension between our loved ones?
We consulted social and organizational psychologist Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler, Ph.D., who shared four common conflicts families might be facing right now and tips to help quell them.
Here is the link to the rest of the article describing these 4 conflicts and some very practical tips on how to deal with them.
I want to express my appreciation and respect for all parents who are confined to their homes and dealing with their children. Many of us are used to being able to work and be out and about while our children are in school. Since so many schools in America are closed (including Lakeside’s schools) these challenges have become glaringly apparent.
Perhaps as you read this article you can gain a bit of knowledge and strategy to help regulate your child and yourself in dealing with intensified conflict. It may be some time before we are able to be back to what was normal with schools open and parents back at work so we will need to find strategies to help keep the peace in our homes.
Together we can cope and help each other work out these conflicts in our homes. Please share what you learned here with other parents and help them find ways to cope with their own children and home environment.