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More Than Conflict Resolution: Reconciliation

We often confuse reconciliation with conflict resolution. In our anxiousness to fix conflicts, we sometimes push people, particularly children, to say they are sorry. But relationships and situation don’t get fixed or restored when we try to force it. We can always invite reconciliation but not demand it. An apology can make an issue go away for a while but it won’t heal a relationship.

Adapted from a book by Bill Thrall.

Dr.Baya Mebarek, Psy.D.,LMFT


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Dr. Baya MebarekDr. Baya Mebarek is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. She specializes in couple therapy, pre-marital therapy, and in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults, couples and families dealing with depression.View all posts by Dr. Baya Mebarek →

  1. I think it is important for parents to acknowledge their own limitations to their children as well. If a parent is willing to say to a child, “I’m sorry, I made a mistake,” then that parent is modeling a behavior that the child will be more willing to engage in. Children learn by example.

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