In this article I will be writing about ways one can avoid conflict, but, before I do, I would like to inform you of how I got this topic. My good buddy Austin picked it for me. I was going to write about things not to do while going down stairs, but no, Austin had to wave his hand in the air and suggest this. Anyway, I’ll get on with it, but payback is coming to you Austin!

Do you ever get annoyed with people, say your parents, and want to say or do something about it? Well, the first step in avoiding conflict is to just keep all that to yourself. However, if you do choose to act make sure you are not a smart aleck or saucy in your approach. If you can see that no good is going to come out of taking action, then just sing this rhyme I made up:

Shut up, shut up wherever you are, before you get in trouble.

Shut up, shut up, for yourself, before your trouble doubles.

Sing this in your head of course. It may seem ridiculous, but trust me, it works.

Another way to avoid conflict is when you are asked to do something, just do it, and do it when you say you will. I know it may seem to you that it’s okay to just sit and watch TV and ignore your parents, who are telling you that if you sit there watching Jersey Shore and don’t take out the trash, you will never amount to anything. Instead of pretending they aren’t there just take out the trash when they ask you to, and there won’t be anything to argue about. Things will definitely go better. (Editors note: Your parents are right about Jersey Shore.)

Probably the most important step in avoiding conflict with your family is learning to accept the word, “No.”

I hope readers take this advice, because learning the hard way is lame, and it will definitely save you time to do things the right way.

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