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ERI: Conflict Engagement

Conflict engagement is the practice of addressing disagreements rather than avoiding them. Many people, often for very good reasons, prefer to avoid conflict or disagreements rather than engaging with the other person to find a solution. This is actually harmful to the long-term health of relationships.

ERI: Conflict Management

Conflict management is the ability to keep disagreements from getting out of control. In life, we’re pretty much guaranteed to experience “conflict,” because people have different opinions on things and people will disagree. Conflict management is about how you can keep “conflict” from becoming “combat.”

ERI: Emotional Self-Awareness

Emotional self-awareness involves knowing what our emotions are and recognizing how our emotions affect our performance. Being aware of what we’re feeling is the first step in making sure we control our emotions rather than be controlled by them.

ERI: Emotional Self-Control

Emotional self-control is the ability to keep our potentially disruptive emotions in check and to replace unhealthy reactions with healthy responses.

ERI: Empathy

Empathy is the ability to sense and value other’s feelings and perspectives, and take an active interest in their concerns and in what’s important to them. Empathy is both the capacity and skill of being able to enter deeply into the feelings and perspectives of others.

ERI: Listening

Listening is the process of taking in information someone else is saying. This can be more difficult than we expect. When people, often parents, ask whether or not someone is listening, it’s not about the sounds of the words. It’s about the meaning behind them.

Family Conflict without Casualties

One of the few things that I can guarantee is that, all families will experience conflict. Since conflict is a normal part of being in any relationship, learning how to resolve your problems without becoming divided is crucial.

Finding Fulfillment in Life

God says: "Wait, not until you are first satisfied, fulfilled, and content with being loved by Me can I bring you true love. You see, first you must give yourself totally and unreservedly to Me, discovering that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found.

For the Love of Hannah

Many of us are familiar with these verses found in I Corinthians 13. Over the years, I have concentrated on the positive aspect of these verses. However, recently something happened that helped me understand another side of these verses that isn't so joyful or positive.

Fostering Responsibility in Teenagers

In terms of character qualities, responsibility is one of the most important things we can help our children develop through intentionality and modeling.

From Crisis to Confidence

When times are tough it becomes easier to be negative and critical. But we've also discovered that crisis can give couples an opportunity to pull together, to join hands, to share hearts, to pray and praise together.

From Dating to Marriage?

Enjoy every moment of your life! Don’t miss any opportunity for joy and pursuing what God is doing in your life right now. If you are not fulfilled now, a person, or relationship will not do it for you.

Giving the Gift of Love

The best description of love comes from the one whose birth the Christmas season was designed to celebrate. The birth of the child who grew up to be a man who loved us enough to die and rise again so that those who believe in Him could have everlasting life.

Giving the Gift of Time

In Traits of a Healthy Family, Dolores Curran says that lack of time might be the most pervasive enemy the healthy family has. That may sound a bit strong, but our research here at The Center for Marriage and Family Studies suggests, that in many ways it is true.

Giving Your Teenagers the Keys to Be Successful At Anything They Do

During later adolescence, many teenagers will begin to wonder about their future. This can be a time of great fear and anxiety. Many parents may be wondering if they can be helpful with these decisions. YES YOU CAN!

Growing Through Conflict

For many our first memory of conflict is a negative one. At the same time there IS such a thing as constructive conflict. You may be surprised to learn that conflict is the process we go through and the price we pay for intimacy.

Growing Through Depression

Depression can also be a very destructive emotion. Research suggests that one out of every seven individuals will need professional help for depression at some time in their life. When it is denied or ignored too long depression can become a major factor in suicide.

Help Your Children Solve Any Problem

Teaching children to problem-solve begins with us modeling and verbalizing how to solve common problems. Notice that modeling alone is not sufficient to teach effective problem solving. Modeling needs to be combined with an explanation of how the problem was solved.

Helping Teenagers Make "Lemonade" out of Life's "Lemons"

As parents, help your teenagers to search for the treasures buried within each trial. As they are able to do this, it can turn negative experiences into positive ones.

Helping Teenagers Resist Peer Pressure

Many parents wonder how they can empower their teenagers to resist peer pressure. What if we told you that you already possessed the key? In fact, the key is within you.

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