McNerney: Dealing with Arguments and Whining

You’re sitting down to dinner with your family, and your 12-year-old daughter innocently asks, “Can I go over to Julia’s on Friday night?” This seems like a simple request, but the last time you said yes, you later found out that your daughter went over to another friend’s house instead. So, you answer, “No, not this weekend.” Your daughter, naturally, asks, “Why?”

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Vance: Coordination or Consequences

Water naturally flows along a path of least impedance. Even a mighty river begins as a small trickle that builds volume fed by many tributaries. As gravity compels the water to move, a river’s bed is cut, its banks containing and determining its course—that is until they no longer can. To skirt obstacles or bottlenecks, the water seeps or spills over its banks to form new rivulets to follow until it can rejoin the main flow in a deeper, or wider, smooth flowing stream.

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