Conflict Resolution

How can we “spilt the check” so everything is fair?

We went out to dinner with friends and did not drink – so we didn’t think we should have to pay as much of the share of the bill as the other guests, but someone told the waiter to “just split the check.” How could we have handled this – we ended up paying $30 each for two hamburgers!

It can be difficult to split checks fairly without antagonizing anyone in the process. To avoid any conflict you could talk openly with your friends about sharing the bill before going out to dinner.

Should my neighbors pay me for fixing their technology issues?

I work in information technology and I am always getting calls from neighbors in my apartment building to fix their wireless routers. How can I get them to understand that this is what I do for money? Shouldn’t they be offering to pay me?

These possible scenarios may be solutions to your questions:

You could exchange “favors.” For example, you know to how to fix the Internet, while your neighbors may know how to do plumbing work.

More people need to respect stay-at-home moms

I am a stay-at-home mom and I feel as if my vocation is not respected. Why don’t people see being a mother as a valuable career?

Maternity is not a career, aptitude or inclination. Maternity is a gift and a call from God. Through maternity and paternity, God shares with us his creative power. Psalm 139:13 states, “You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.” Parents participate with God in renewing humankind. Thus being a mother and being a father is a sacred action of life and love throughout their children’s life.

Her cat has died. She needs to move on!

My sister’s cat died several months ago, but she’s still actively grieving. I think it’s time to suck it up and move on – how can I tell her she’s driving me crazy with this?

People love their pets and consider them members of their families. Animals provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support and unconditional affection during the time they share with us. So when the beloved pet dies, it’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed by the intensity of your sorrow.

He's abusive, she is making a mistake!

My friend is reconciling with an abusive boyfriend. How can I help her avoid this mistake?

The dynamics of abusive relationships are not always clear for the person involved. Often they make excuses or misinterpret violence, possessiveness, or anger as an expression of love. That is why only professionals trained in this field can have successful interventions with both the abuser and the victim.

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