How Do Great Parents… Family Problem Solve

Family Problem-Solving

  • Schedule a meeting to problem-solve.
  • Focus on one problem at a time.
  • Collaborate, discussing problems mutually.
  • State problem clearly.
  • Express feelings but don’t criticize or blame.
  • Admit role in problem.
  • Be future-oriented.
  • Be brief.
  • State desire behavior.
  • Make “I” statements.

Stating the Goal

  • Summarize the problem.
  • State the goal in realistic terms.


  • Remain open-don’t judge or criticize suggestions.
  • Encourage imaginative suggestions- as many as possible.
  • Postpone details

Making Plans

  • Review your list.
  • Evaluate each solution realistically.
  • Write down plan.
  • Praise your efforts.

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