Relationships can be complicated. Differing parenting styles, cultural backgrounds, spending habits and a host of other issues can lead to disagreement. Learning to resolve disagreements in a respectful way allows us to disagree while maintaining the relationship. Recognizing healthy vs unhealthy conflict management styles can also protect us from potentially harmful high-conflict relationships. Recognizing the warning signs in ourselves or others is key to changing those behavioral patterns.
This is equally true with parent-child, community and workplace relationships. Anyone parenting a teenager knows an occasional conflict is unavoidable. How we navigate those conflicts can not only reduce stress levels in our own home, but also serves as a lesson on conflict management for the teen and others in the family.
The same goes for the workplace. Conflicts may be inevitable, but how we manage them can be career boosting or career ending. Learning how to stay calm and navigate disagreements can keep situations from escalating out of control.
However, there is a huge difference between navigating life’s typical differences and being in a toxic, high-conflict or abusive situation. Visit our Family Crisis Section for information of 24/7 resources available to support you and your family if you are in crisis.
Conflict Resolution Skills. Conflict is a normal part of any healthy relationship. After all, two people can’t be expected to agree on everything, all the time. The key is not to avoid conflict but to learn how to resolve it in a healthy way. Click the FROM OUR LIBRARY link above to access resources that provides tips and strategies for turning conflict into opportunities.
The Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood initiative is part of ACF’s strategy to improve the lives of children. ACF funded a network of 90 organizations throughout the nation to provide comprehensive healthy relationship and marriage education services, responsible parenting, and job and career advancement activities to advance economic stability and improve the overall well-being of children and their parents. The Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide, non-credit educational network. Each U.S. state and territory has a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local or regional offices staffed with experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information and training to support families.
Core Healthy Marriage and Relationship Skills: Conflict Management is one of four courses in the Core Healthy Marriage and Relationship Skills series. This series uses an “inside-out” approach: the course will help you better understand healthy conflict management at a personal level; and, equip you to improve interactions with others. Check out the course, then take the quiz and see how you do!