Comments: Don't Use "Force"

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Roberta , Los Angeles CA  artfulmediation@gmail.com     03/10/09
Don't use 'force -- use a positive frame
Bill Eddy's suggestion that parents use the language of 'expectations' instead of 'force' shows the power of positively framing an emotion -- brilliantly. And of course the mediator can model this use of framing. And happily children's expectations are often positive, so when you tell a child that the other parent is expecting them, for the child it's perhaps like expecting an adventure, propelling them into the next moment. What a wonderful suggestion. Thanks.