Conflict, Communication and Prayer
by Amy Starr Redwine
When our son Quinn turned two, we entered a marvelous phase in the life of a two-child family—the playing together phase. Suddenly, the hour before dinner was no longer the most dreaded time of our day. I could sit Quinn and Sarah (age four) down with toys and have dinner preparation interrupted only by an occasional request for help and punctuated with the truly adorable banter unique to preschoolers.
Sadly, that happy phase lasted all of a few weeks. Then we entered the next phase of sibling life, one in which I expect we’ll be mired for awhile—the conflict phase. Now the house reverberates with Quinn’s high-pitched shrieks followed by Sarah bursting into tears. All too often I arrive at the scene just in time to see the hit or pinch or shove that inevitably results.
What are some ways we can deal with conflict? To find out, read the full text of this article in the May/June 2010 issue of Horizons.
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Amy Starr Redwine is the part-time solo pastor of Firestone Park Presbyterian Church in Akron, Ohio.
Detail of the Peace by Piece quilt, decorated with images of peace and tolerance. The massive quilt was made by more than 500 children from various communities in Virginia as part of the Peace by Piece initiative.
Peace by Piece is an ongoing art project sponsored by the Conflict Resolution Center (CRC) of Roanoke, Virginia, to increase the community's awareness of and interest in peace, tolerance and collaboration. Individual children created each square of the quilt to illustrate what peace means to them. Learn more at www.conflictresolutioncenter.us/peacebypiece.html.
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