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How to resolve family arguments

How to resolve family arguments

Family arguments happen all the time, particularly around holidays. Here are ways to resolve them in a way that suits everyone.

38 Comments

  1. Tinuke

    Really enjoyed this and have shared already! Brilliant tips, especially the one about keeping up with dating. Oh and to say sorry, and not to blow things out of preportion.. well ALL of the tips are great lol! #sharethejoy

    • Al Ferguson

      Dating is so important!? Thanks for your comment

  2. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    I wish the network had been around when our eldest was born. We lived in China at the time and the internet was a lifeline for me (that incidentally became my career) but I can’t help but wonder if the husband would have benefited from being able to connect with other Dads like this. Fab set of tips too. (And believe me we share your pain about the boob thang.) Thanks for linking up at #sharethejoy – have pinned and shared.

    • Al Ferguson

      What do you do now? Blog full time? Has he joined our group? He’s very welcome. :)

      • Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

        Yep after many years working in PR and internet marketing and design I’m now a pro-blogger, working around the kids, and I LOVE it. I’ll recommend the husband joins the group too!

    • Al Ferguson

      Thanks for having us!

  3. David

    This is the kind of thing I needed…

    #36 I find myself talking absolute gibberish most of the time. She’s happy with it of course, but if I hear myself, I check to see if anyone else has!
    #41 Rings true the most – you can’t be completely prepared for what is coming.

    #TwinklyTuesday

    • Al Ferguson

      Thanks for your comment. :)

  4. Tim

    Heh. Definitely #4 (the existence of takeaways who deliver is a veritable God-send) and definitely #18 (what’s the point of having kids if you’re not going to get involved?)

  5. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows

    Great tips, also applicable to non-birthing partners. Especially talking about women’s post pregnancy bodies. I’m pretty sure there is no way to win with that one. You’re partner may share her breasts with you again…sometime….maybe…

    #bigfatlinky

  6. Sarah Howe

    Haha awesome I need some of this advice too as a mum! It’s all so true but all so totally worth it to be a parent. Good advice re hormones and staying well back…they are insane! Xx #bigfatlinky

  7. Ali @ Mum in a nutshell

    fantastic! So glad the rub feet &clean up after yourself is in there. Can you send this to the NCT to be included in the antenatal classes? Its so good to see if from a Dad’s point of view, many a marriage could be saved with this advice. #bigfatlinky

  8. Jade Wilson

    Great tips as always Al! There’s some great advice for mums too though. I wonder if my OH read this and saw #35 that he might.. possibly.. one day.. do it! #bigfatlinky x

  9. Lisa (mummascribbles)

    This is a fantastic list for any dad (or even mum) to be! I wish I could have had this list two and a half years ago hehe!! I’ll make sure I forward to any expectant parents :) #bigfatlinky (thanks for hosting!)

  10. hannah

    fab post thank you #bigfatlinky sharing this with my OH right away as we’re first time parents to be (soon ahhh)
    #36 Talk to your baby all the time. They respond to sounds, words and your voice. It can feel stupid but it’s not. — my favourite one :)

  11. Ashley Beolens

    Some really useful tips number 28 is probably one of the most important but hardest to achieve :)

  12. am herbert

    Some great tips. Don’t forget if you have other kids, when baby is napping spend time with them.

  13. Talya

    Brilliant list! Every dad-to-be should read this!! #BigFatLinky

  14. Jeremy@thirstydaddy

    some great advice here. Its easy to get so caught up in being “dad” that you forget that you are “you” also

  15. Alexandra Hurton

    43 made me laugh! The amount of times i’ve heard my partner say this to our expectant friends is unreal. #bigfatlinky

  16. John Adams

    Number 18 is particularly important. And what is all this about a flask for coffee? I bought an antique hip flask before the birth of No1! #BigfatLinky

  17. Lukeosaurus And Me

    Really enjoyed this list, it’s got it all – the jokey stuff, the stuff that WILL terrify you and the advice for your lady (this bit I was very impressed with, especially the “don’t get sucked in, it’s just hormones”). I wish Luke’s dad could have read this. Absolutely great, definitely sharing it! Ray xx @ lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

  18. Linda Hobbis

    Will have to show this list to the hubby; I’m sure he will identify strongly with most of it! We became parents in our 40’s so it was even more of a shock! #brilliantblogposts

  19. Mrs Puddleducky

    lovely list & great tips for Dads! Enjoyed reading it :) #TheList

  20. Stephanie

    That looks a great list and it’s always good to get advice from someone who’s been there! #sharethejoy

  21. Jenny

    Great list! #26 and #43 most definitely, much to my husbands dismay! Littlest even gets upset whenever his older brother goes anywhere close to them!! :)

  22. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    Great post with real tips!! Each tip you give is so important and right on! I love suggesting packing snacks for the hospital – definitely a good idea! And the extra time at the park, that’s very true. Thank you for hosting #bigfatlinky

  23. Laura @Dot Makes 4

    This is such a fantastic list! I’m going to share this with my brothers! :)

  24. Brian Scott

    What an awesome list! Being patient is very important and hard to do and so is dating afterwards, but is crucial for keeping your sanity and relationship in tact.

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