what effect could helping the kids with homework or cleaning their rooms have on Ricky’s relationship with his ex-wife?
Would it allow his kids greater insight into his world and balance
Ricky is not alone in this struggle. Nationally, 26% of military
children live with one parent (Department of Defense). Thousands of parents are looking for help. They hope that they can
do what is in the best interests of their kids and still maintain a
strong relationship with them.
We need to offer an effective solution to those struggling in
similar situations. First, how can parents move towards effective
conflict management to co-parent more effectively? Second,
how can the non-custodial parent manage assumptions and
create a balanced picture for their kids? Third, how can parents be
more effective in communicating long distance with their kids?
These questions must be addressed in order to develop a long-term solution.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “Peace, like charity, begins at
home.” In our global society, home and family don’t mean the
same things as they used to. Today they are less about a specific person or place and more about an important relationship
and connection. The challenge is in expanding the way we utilize technology so that people, particularly children, can find the
connections they need.
My hope is that conflict professionals will become more
proactive and expand the definition of conflict resolution to
include sharing information about how to manage common
sources of conflict. Technology offers some exciting opportunities to dedicate a small corner of our website to share our
knowledge and insight and encourage people to deal with
their issues early. People can only do what they know; they
don’t have the benefit of our experience unless it we share it
NE-ACR Biennial Regional Conference
September 8, 2017 Waltham Woods Conference
Against the Grain:
In Challenging Times
Keynote Speaker: Lawrence Susskind, CBI
Concurrent Sessions Networking Opportunities Lunch and Refreshments Included
For Further Information, To Register, or to Propose a Session, go to www.neacr.org