Chet - posted on 08/20/2013
Sometimes it's better to say nothing. Recognise that you're just too frustrated to be civil and bite your tongue. However, it's not a horrible thing if you snap and then apologize. Admit to your daughter that you shouldn't have said it that way, note that you're feeling frustrated or overwhelmed, and then re-word what you wanted to say in a more positive and supportive way. In doing that, you're modelling very pro-social behaviour for your daughter. So many people in this world would be a lot happier if they could admit their mistakes, acknowledge their feelings, and then do what is needed to set things right.
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