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Dealing with fights between children

--调解孩子间的“战争”

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I always feel sorry for world leaders busy dealing with fights between nations. When my three children were young, most days it was hard keeping my house from becoming a battlefield.

It got worse as they grew older. Three years ago, Zack, then 16, couldn't make it through a day without making his sisters, Alex 11 and Taryn 9, angry.

My husband and I tried to be understanding the boy at such an age. We reasoned, punished, and left heartfelt notes on his bed about how he was hurting our family. His answer was "I say it because it's true." I even tried telling the girls to fight back. Bad idea. Now I had three children at war. Whatever I said to them, they paid no attention. When there was no way out, I told everything to my sister in an e-mail. She replied," Don't e-mail me. E-mail him." Our son was online every day, mailing and talking with his friends. Maybe he would actually hear me this way. I didn't say anything different, but e-mail just took the tension away. There'd be no shouting or door banging. Zack wouldn't feel under attack.

Zack didn't reply for days. When he finally did, his entire message was four small words. I smiled when I read them, "You're right. I'm sorry." The children still fought, of course, but Zack changed. Best of all, I now have a better way to talk with not one but three of them, I like it that they don't tune me out as much as they used to.

They like not having to listen to me shouting to them. Or as Alex says, "You're so much nicer online." All I know is that the house is quiet. But we're talking.

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词组意思:

  • feel sorry for sb 1) 同情某人 2) 为某人感到惋惜
  • deal with... 1) 对付, 处理 2) 论及,涉及
  • keep...from... 1) 使...免受, 使...不(会)... 2) 使...与...分开, 使...置于...之外
  • such a... 1) 这种 2) 如此, 这么
  • fight back 还击, 抵抗
  • at war 处于交战状态
  • say sth to sb 1) 向某人说..., 告诉某人... 2) 向某人表达..., 向某人显示...
  • pay attention 注意
  • tell sth to sb 告诉某人某事
  • talk with sb 和...讲话
  • this way 1) 这样, 用这种方法 2) (请)这边走, 往这边(走)
  • take...away 1) 移去..., 移开...,拿走...,带走... 2) 消除,解除(感情,痛苦等)
  • under attack 受到攻击
  • for days 数日, 好几天, 几天来
  • of course 当然
  • best of all 最,最好的(是)
  • not...but... 不是...而是...
  • tune sb out 对(某人)不理睬
  • as...as... 与...一样...
  • used to 过去经常, 过去一直
  • have to 1) 不得不 2) 必须
  • listen to... 听...
  • shout to... 向...大喊, 大声向...说
  • so much 1) 这么, 那么, 达到这种程度 2) 这么多, 那么多

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