Compromise and Parenting

Compromise and Parenting

Putting the Promise in Compromise

Daily Comet
August 18, 2011

Experts in mediation suggest ways that the young generation can learn the art of compromise despite the pervasive environment of conflict. Faith Wilson, a Houston-based mental health professional who works with the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, suggests that “Parents should begin this extremely early in a child’s life… You start early in life to model the appropriate way to negotiate things.”

Various opportunities exist for parents to help their children understand the basics of compromise as parents and children confront various issues such as bedtime or clothing or homework. In effect, “compromise is not about winning – it’s not about ’You’re a winner, and you’re a loser.’ It’s about finding something that’s palatable for all parties concerned.”

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