Julie:When our kids were small, it was easy to keep peace in the nest.Mama and Daddy bird had the final say and that was it.Ah, little kids, little problems.Things got a little trickier as those baby birds grew into fledglings.As our kids grew and stretched their wings, they asserted their increasing independence and often challenged our rules and decisions.As young adults who have left the nest, they are more respectful when they return home, but things can still get a little tense as we are still their parents and they are still our kids.
"I disagree!" "What?!?!" "You don't understand." When husbands and wives disagree, things can get tense. We dig in our heels, raise the volume, and let our emotions get the best of us. Arguments can turn into a competition to win (as if anyone every truly "wins" in an argument). Whenever we hear ourselves say, "You always....," or "You never...," we know we're marching down the wrong road. So how can we settle disagreements?