By The Wiz
Hi, Bloggers! I need your help! I have to teach Sunday School this Sunday (I actually got 4 days notice instead of two!) and it’s a family relations class. A little background — in our ward, we have already gone through the text for this class, and now it’s kind of a ’shoot from your hip’ type thing. The bishop did not want to disband the class once the 12-week course was finished, because all of a sudden a lot of people were going to Sunday School that previously spent the hour chatting in the foyer. (No comment on whether or not this is a reflection on the gospel doctrine teacher). The bishop called an LCSW to teach the class, and he’s FABULOUS, but he’s going to be out of town for Easter. Since he’s so good, the bar is set really very high.
Well, my degree is in communication, so obviously I’m going to go in that direction. So I was thinking about conflict resolution in relationships - and not just family ones. What conflicts have you had, and how have you resolved them? I want to do role plays to demonstrate different resolution techniques (They did this in one of my favorite college courses. This might just be an attempt on my part to relive my college days…)
Any neighbor relationships ruined because your neighbor’s tree dropped leaves into your yard? (I know people that refused to speak for years in our old neighborhood because of tree issues. Seriously. Stuff like this paralyzes relationships.)
Anybody have neighbors start a garage band just as your newborn learned to sleep through the night? It’s their right to start a band. Just as it’s your right to a peaceful neighborhood. No, Nate, I haven’t been to law school, I’m just talking in generalities here. What did you do about it?
Anybody get caught blind-sided by someone telling you they’ve been resenting you for years, and here you thought the friendship was in great shape? Why would you resent someone for years without mentioning it?
Anyone get the silent treatment? This is one of the absolute WORST methods of communication. It’s so toxic to relationships. Poison. What did you do about it? Force them to talk, or simply ignore them, and choose not to waste the emotional energy?
What conflicts have you had, and what was the resolution? (or are they not resolved) Can I use them in my Sunday School?
In the meantime, I’ve got to track down my notes from that class….I know they’re around here somewhere.