Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family fights unproductively.

Useful tips on how to have a constructive dispute with your family.

  • People tend to fight more during transitional times, like when you’re leaving for/coming home from work. So work on staying cool during those times. (Time management, which will help you overcome the morning and evening rushes, can help.)
  • Everyone should be sitting at the same level, preferably side-by-side, and with an open, receptive posture. No power plays!
  • Sit on a cushion, not a hard chair! Believe or not, researchers have found that sitting on a hard chair tends to make people behave rigidly.
  • Of course, use “I” statements.

And lots more.

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