Parents how do you handle conflict in front of your kids? Do you yell, curse, scream, hit or slam doors? There’s a great chance that your child will handle conflict in the same manner. Whether you know it or not kids mirror exactly what they see at home. Conflict is not always avoidable. However, when dealt with it doesn’t have to involve volatile actions. Remember as parents we are our children’s first teacher. I remember one instance when my son was in Kindergarten he kept getting put on red, which was equivalent to having too many warnings. Eventually, the teacher scheduled a conference to inform me that my son had a habit of giving his classmates “the hand” when they were talking. Meaning if he didn’t like what was being said he would extend his hand into their face to signal for them to stop talking. As I sat and listened I could feel my face becoming flushed with embarrassment. I knew exactly where he had seen this behavior. I gave my son’s father “the hand” and interrupted his sentences when we argued. It never dawned on me that my son was paying attention. That was a wakeup call for me to be more aware of my actions. The truth is children learn positive choices just as easily as they imitate the negative things we may not want them to! Your thoughts?