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Parenting 101: #3 of a Series – Arguing Never Works

This is part of a series on parenting advice, and an excerpt from a free article by the same name in the Free Stuff section of my website.  You can find the entire article here.  In this series I am sharing what I’ve learned as a dad and what I share with parents that I coach.  As always, please let me know what you think.

In Part 1, I shared the identity of parents’ greatest ally, and provided the most important thing we need to teach our kids. In Part 2, I recommended we love kids according to their primary love languages, and also urged parents to choose their battles carefully.

Arguing never works

With anyone. Ever. It never …

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Made to Be Like God #4–Relationships

Our Relational Dimension

This is the 4th in a series of five posts on the Five Dimensions with Which God Made us .

Links to the previous posts are at the bottom of this post, and briefly introduce our spiritual, intellectual, and emotional dimensions.

Relationships are 4th in priority because our spiritual health and thinking controls how we act in relationships, and our emotions are essential for communicating.  God made us to live interdependently with him and others.

We cannot experience the Abundant Life he promised us without many caring relationships in which we give and receive love.  Healthy fulfilling relationships are dependent upon how well we use relational skills.

Relational Skills We All Need to do Well

Here are

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What One Person Can Do to Improve Any Relationship

When faced with relationship problems the other person doesn’t want to resolve, what can we do? Half of my work with conflict has been with just one person. Individuals I taught have been just as successful in improving their relationships as couples I have coached. This is because one person improving behavior toward another changes the dynamics in the relationship. When we intentionally use healthier, more helpful skills, our effort will often lead to the other person changing in healthier ways, improving the relationship.

There are no guarantees acting more mature will save or improve a relationship, but it can’t hurt, and the person making the effort will be happier and have better skills for all relationships: with kids, friends, …

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