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How to Recover from an Argument

Communication can be difficult, and no matter how close you are to your loved ones, there are sure to be some misunderstandings along the way. Fortunately, these arguments don’t have to be the end of your relationship. When you learn to communicate clearly after an argument, you can help put your relationship back on track.

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Avoid Making It Worse

When you are in the heat of an argument, it can be very tempting to say things that you know will hurt your loved one. You may want to place blame, make accusations or give your loved one the silent treatment, but these actions will cause the rift between you to grow and could possibly lead to the end of the relationship. No matter how angry you get, you should avoid saying hurtful things to your friend or family member so that you don’t make the situation worse.

Analyze the Discussion

After the argument has occurred, it is time for the two of you to piece together what happened. You should sit down and analyze how you felt, what you said and what you thought during the argument, and your loved one should do the same. Then the two of you can fully explain your role in the argument without criticizing or hurting each other.

Plan Ahead

Once you have both calmed down and evaluated the argument, you should make a plan for how to prevent that particular mishap from happening again. You can work together to form strategies that will keep the two of you out of the situation that originally caused the argument. If the fight with your spouse was about your late night at a friend’s house, then you may offer to call your spouse periodically throughout the evening. If the argument occurred with a friend because she forgot an important event, she may want to create a system that will help her keep track of significant dates. By working together to prevent the problem from occurring again, the two of you will feel closer and will find strength in teamwork.

Offer an Apology

Every argument should end with an apology so that the two of you can move past it. You should apologize for things you said that you knew would hurt your loved one, as well as for anything that you may have unintentionally done that caused the rift to grow deeper. As you apologize, explain to your loved one how you will react differently next time.

Arguments are difficult, but they are a part of relationships. These tips will help you and your loved one recover from an argument so that the two of you can continue to build a healthy relationship.

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How to Build a Legacy

In past generations, families worked hard so that they could have something to leave behind for their children once they passed away. Our current culture offers us many more opportunities to be successful, which means that we don’t need to be as concerned about the material possessions that we leave behind for our kids. However, we should not neglect the need to build a legacy for our descendants. A legacy will help your family build memories and a history together while creating bonds that will last for centuries.


Why Should You Build a Legacy?

Your legacy should be about much more than your money, your home or your other possessions. It should be something that gives your family a sense of pride, meaning and importance. While you may want to focus on building a solid financial future or teaching your children how to be dedicated to their jobs, these are not usually things that will be told to future generations in the years to come. Your legacy should focus on ethics, values and traditions that build the foundation for your family.

How Do You Build a Legacy?

It takes time to build a legacy, and you can’t expect it to happen after just one weekend or a single family trip. The best way to build a legacy is to strengthen the bonds that you have with your family members. You can do this by honoring family traditions and sharing memories with those who are close to you. This will require you to spend quality time with your family members, which is often hard to do in a world where our time is dictated by hectic schedules and dwindling family time. You will need to set aside some time each week to visit with and enjoy your loved ones so that you can strengthen your connection and build new memories.

Ideas for Your Legacy List

If you are not sure about where to start, then focus on doing things that will bring joy to your family members. Make them special gifts rather than buying presents at the store, and compile scrapbooks that preserve your favorite memories of the times you have spent together. You can also prepare recipes that have been passed down through the generations, and you can spend time as a family helping those in need.

You shouldn’t let fear or excuses keep you from spending this time with your loved ones. When you show your family how important they are to you, you will find that you are building a legacy simply by doing things together as a family.

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Adoption Coaching: Creating a Smooth Transition for the Child

Whether it is a couple who cannot have children, parents whose children have grown up and moved away or simply someone who wants to add to their family, adoption is always a wonderful option for anyone who wants to bring the joy of a child into her life. While toddlers and babies are less common, there are countless school-aged children all over the world who, by no fault of their own, are living in group homes or with foster families. Still, adopting an older child can present some unique challenges. However, with the right approach, the transition will go much smoother and before long the child will feel like one of the family. All children are unique, but there are some common threads among them.

Culture Shock

Whether he has lived in the same city as his adoptive parents or will be coming to America for the first time when the adoption is final, moving to a new home is sure to be a little scary. All parents are naturally excited to introduce their new child to friends and family, but it is usually best to take things slowly. Overloading a child with too much too soon can cause him anxiety and stress, effectively lengthening the time he will need to adjust. In time, new parents will have the chance to introduce their family’s new addition.

Preparing the Child’s Room

Although they have good intentions, parents may want to refrain from decorating their new child’s room or selecting lots of new clothing for him. Walking into a new room that is already decorated may feel similar to walking into a museum, the exhibits are great, but they belong to the museum. For a child to feel that something is actually his, it helps to let him have some input. Allowing him to choose for himself will let him know that he is part of the family. Additionally, it shows him that his feelings are important and that his opinion matters.

Developing a Bond Before Coming Home

Unfortunately, adoption can be a lengthy process and the anticipation can be grueling for the child as well as his new family. But, there are some ways to develop a connection as everyone waits for the process to be complete. By exchanging letters, emails, phone calls, pictures, and other personal communication, the child and new family can get acquainted with each other and when the day finally arrives to bring the child home, he will feel more familiar with his new surroundings.

The Child’s Story

There is a reason why this child has been removed from his birth parents. More often than not, older children have come from a background of abuse or neglect. While it is not imperative to research every detail, a prospective parent should know some basic information about the circumstances from which he was removed, social or developmental issues and interests of the child. Learning some pertinent information before he comes home will enable the new family to better prepare his new home and understand things and situations that may make him anxious or uncomfortable.

It is easy for prospective parents to wonder if they will be able to meet all of their child’s needs. After all, he has been through so much and they want everything to be perfect. But the most essential needs a child has are for love, security and stability. It really does not make much difference to him how much money is spent or how many things he is given. For any child, especially those who have missed out on the

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