Would it not be great if you could choose the time and place of your next confrontation with your teen?
Here are just a few points of wisdom regarding conflict. When things don’t go as you know they should, and you find yourself in the middle of a great battle with your teen, and things are potentially careening out of control – stop.
As the adult, we are to be the pacesetter and example. While I know firsthand that this is easier said than done, it should never deter us as parents from striving to set a proper example.
Now let me at least say this, if you have blown it and gotten mad and raised your voice, let this situation be a reminder to you that you don’t want to go there again. Also, if you do blow it, you always lose!
When you get in the heat of the moment, stop and pray (in your mind) and ask God to help you not go there again. While your teen may very well blow it, you don’t have to.
When you need to confront your teen, pick the time and place so you are in control. This will best suit your emotions fully knowing that you will be the target of their anger. You will come out with a win for everyone.