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Dad, can we talk?

by Santino Chavez-Hudson

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Once we determined what the conflict was actually about.
I could explain how I felt using I-statements rather than you-statements. Using the I-statement I could own my feelings and emotions without placing blame on him.  
We both actively listened to how the other person feels without judgement and tried to understand each other's points of view. After we both heard each other we both realized we could do things differently.
We both took responsibility for own actions.
We worked together to find a solution that’s acceptable to everyone involved. This may take some compromising.
I feel that apologizing and forgiving each other was essential. We both learned from the conflict and are now able to move on.

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