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A Healthy Way to Avoid Conflict

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I was driving my girlfriend to the airport the other morning when she asked me this question: “What can I say if the two of them start in with each other?” I knew she was referring to the situation with her siblings, who often have conflict between themselves that can become ugly at times.

She once was the person who got trapped in the middle of those conflicts. They would call her separately, with each sibling telling her how bad the other one was and making a case for their anger and behavior.

I’d already helped her with that one! I had her say to each of them: “That is between you two. I’m not going to get in the middle of it.” It’s a nice, loving way to set a boundary, so you don’t get pulled into situations like these.

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