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How to create a peaceful family

The family is perhaps the most important aspect in life if not the most important. It affects our health and well-being and if there is trouble in the family, everything else suffers.

Now trouble in the family ranges from many causes but one of the most common is arguments that get out of control. One way to approach this is not to thoughtlessly following your old habits of arguing back. Even if you're right, you won't be producing the result you seek. The default position is one of listening. Let the other person talk and let him or her work out the issues. Often that all it is. If you are to respond, let it be words of positivity and caring. Your objective is to de-escalate the tension, not increase it. This works for either the spouse or children.

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