Fizzling out an Argument
-Count to ten before you say anything mean
-While counting to ten, think about why you are truly upset, and what you REALLY want to say.
-Make the most important point in the first five words. No need for a BIG explanation and beating around the bush.
-Use the words I or we rather than YOU. Be positive in making your point. Negativity and accusations jut shuts the other person off.
-No one can cause you to react a certain way. You have a choice to respond or react. Always ponder, what kind of response would I want? And then operate in this manner.
-Sometimes tensions get to high. Setting a time and date for later in the day, or tomorrow can avoid a fight fest.
I am eager to try these new tactics out. Not that I'm eager to search for a reason to argue with the hubby, but you know what I mean...right?
Have any effective tips? Please share!!!