3 Ways to Deal with Heated Family Arguments

No matter how well your family may get along, there comes a time in every family unit when arguments arise. Dealing with family arguments can be tricky and quite difficult in nature for these are people who you love dearly but who may be very emotionally charged in the heated moment. Or you might be the one acting out on your family with intensity. Family members still love each other even amidst the family argument so how can you learn to deal with family arguments while still maintaining that bond of unconditional love?

1. Use a Code Word
A code word can come in handy when you find that the family may be heading towards a heated moment. Consider creating a code word that means the conversation must end abruptly. There’s nothing wrong with ceasing to have the discussion if you feel it’s getting too heated. It is better to use the code word if it means that you take a break from the conversation immediately before things get ugly or out of hand. All parties must retreat to their safe zone (bedroom) calm down and try to see the other person’s point of view so that the argument can be resolved. The code word strategy works for married couples as well as parents and children (especially tweens and teens).

2. Give the Benefit of the Doubt
Often time’s family arguments can stem from a fault in one person’s character, such as a family member who has made everyone late for an event. Consider taking a moment to breathe, rather than lash out in anger, when a family member has done something to cause you negative feelings. Give the family member the benefit of the doubt, perhaps this was an honest mistake that won’t happen again. If it really bothers you, discuss later when you have had time to calm yourself down. If the person causing frequent problems due to a character flaw such as inattention to detail, tardiness or a short temper, for example, the issues need to be addressed and a plan put in place to solve the problem. Perhaps giving a family member the benefit of the doubt that they may want to do better but are having a difficult time is enough to create a safe environment for them to work on their bad habits.

3. Give Some Space
You aren’t admitting defeat by walking away from a heated argument. Often you are simply diffusing an overly emotional situation. Family arguments are no place for a big ego. Learn to be the bigger person by walking away to avoid hurtful and harmful fights.  It is important to come back when people are calm so that you can discuss the problem that created the argument. Someone who leaves an argument to avoid taking responsibility or to avoid hearing the needs of the other person however, is selfish and non productive.  Having some space between family members can be very calming for the whole family when a family argument ensues and gives everyone a chance to come back ready to reach a solution.

There are many reasons a family argument can erupt. Whether you are a married couple arguing about a sensitive subject or loved ones gathered at a family function, arguments happen for every family regardless of shape, size or location. Arguments are inevitable and natural. They are important to solving problems and understanding each other.  If you use these tips on how to deal with family arguments on a regular basis, you may just see the tension release and solutions to problems get better.