• Choose a role and prepare to take part in a family conversation.
• Discuss the situation in "your" family:
Example: Mark has got a new friend John who is 3 years older. He has finished school and is not working or studying, so he's got a lot of free time. Mark, however, has to go to school. And Mark's parents think John is not the kind of person their son should be spending time with.
• If necessary, listen to the tapescript once again to understand the position of your character in Ex. 86.
• Try to reach a compromise but do not forget your role.
• Read through the conflict resolution steps before you start the discussion.
You are a father of 3 children. The youngest, Mark, has a lot of friends you don't like much. You think he should have a right to choose but that he should also listen to your advice and discuss any problems with you.
You are the youngest child in the family and so sometimes the other members of your family think they can decide what you should do, whom you should make friends with, etc. From time to time you have arguments with your parents, especially with your mother, but you always try to defend your independence.
You are a mother of 3 children. The youngest, Mark, has a lot of friends you don't like at all. You especially don't like his new friend John and you insist that Mark should not spend time with him.
You are 16-year-old girl. Your two brothers have a lot of friends. You do not like some of them but this doesn't bother you since they are not your friends and you beieve your brothers have a right to choose. You support your youngest brother Mark when he has
arguments with your parents, especially your mother
Conflict resolution steps:
1 Decide what the problem is.
2 Let everyone suggest an idea about how to solve the problem.
3 Together discuss what will happen with each idea.
4 Choose the best idea.
5 Put the idea into action.