Did you spot our top tips to surviving the summer holidays earlier on this month? If you did, we hope these Top Tips helped to make the summer holidays that bit more enjoyable for both young people and parents/carers. But what can you do if things start to get a bit heated? Whether you are a young person or a parent/carer, how can you help to calm things down?
I’ve listed 5 tips to help de-escalate family conflict:
- Listen to what the other person is saying – resist the temptation to interrupt and give advice.
- You may see that someone is upset or angry but ask them how they are feeling anyway.
- Apologise for the part that you played in the conflict – it’s rarely just one person that causes an argument.
- Be calm and non-confrontational, both with the way that you speak and with your body language.
- Be future focused and be willing to move on. This moves the focus from blaming each other to creating solutions
These five tips may seem to be common sense but used correctly they will make a difference.
Warning! In the heat of the moment these tips can be challenging to carry out but are worth the effort.