Teaching Kids Conflict Communication Skills, & SCENTSY!

May 1, 2011

There are so many important things we have to teach our children.  From manners to problem-solving, so many things need to be taught.  Modeled.  Described.  Practiced.

One of the areas that I – and every other parent who’s engaged with their child(ren) —  personally think is so critical is teaching our children?  How to deal with conflict.

And I seem to be failing miserably at it.

(I mentioned a few days back that I’m starting a Love and Logic course, but I know there are countless ways to effectively deal with any problem.)

So here’s my question to you:  how do you teach your child to respectfully disagree, or tactfully persuade someone to a different point-of-view, or very assertively insist on a different perspective?

And how do you teach your child the nuances between when these different tactics – or any others! – are warranted.

I am very interested hear your feedback – leave me a comment.

The Scentsy Revolution

I am excited to tell you about Scentsy warmers.  And I like them so much that I want you to have one!  So read on for your chance to enter the drawing for this new and awesome product.

Who doesn’t love the muted glow of candle light?  Who doesn’t appreciate a lovely scent – whatever that might mean to you – to come home to?

Well, I would assert pretty much everyone loves what candles provide.  Their glow adds to the visual depth and the emotional warmth of any room.  And whether you like a gentle vanilla scent or a strong musk or floral scent, we’ve all come to realize that there really is something to the whole aromatherapy movement.

What if you could get all those things… but without the inherent risks of an open flame?

Well, that is, in fact, Scentsy can bring to you:  the glow and the wonderful scents you love, without the fire.

First off, you can hardly imagine how many different warmers that Scentsy carries.  And it seems like they’re adding new ones all the time!  Whether you need to mask smells coming from your home’s Man Cave or just add a little ambience to your dining room, you will find a design you love.  Click here to look at Scentsy’s warmer catalog.

Second, their flavors – wax scents – are awesome.  Really, the concept of a small, break-apart chunk of wax is genius.  You can control the amount of scent, which I have never been able to do with any candle.  (Which is pretty much all or nothing, right?)

Third, and by far the most important:  Scentsy warmers are unique.  They melt the wax by using a small 25-watt light bulb, which means no flame.  That means… that breeze you didn’t expect?  It won’t start the curtains ablaze.  Your two-year-old won’t have a flame to stick her finger into, and you don’t need to worry about forgetting to blow-out the candle when you head outside to grab your mail.

I was recently asked to try this product, and I was excited to see what all the fuss was about.  I was sent a Nature’s Haven warmer, and three different scented wax cubes to use with it.


My Nature's Haven Scentsy Warmer

Honestly, there’s nothing NOT to love about this product!

So here’s the deal.  You can win the Cherry Blossom warmer and two scents by entering my drawing.  How do you enter the drawing, you ask? Well, it’s quite simple.

Win This Cherry Blossom Scentsy Warmer!

How To Win

For each of the items you do below, you’ll receive one entry into the drawing for the Scentsy warmer and scents:

  • Comment below, telling me any suggestions you might have to help teach kids how to effectively address conflict.  For each suggestion (and you gotta be serious here, OK?), leave a different comment so you get an extra entry into the drawing.
  • “Friend” my A Broken Compass page on Facebook.  Be sure to leave me a comment below telling me you did that.
  • “Friend” Scentsy on Facebook.  Be sure to leave me a comment below telling me you did this.
  • Share this link on YOUR Facebook page.  This is easy-peasy:  just click on the little Facebook “like” icon that’s at the bottom of this post, right under before the comments section.  Again, sorry to be repetitive, but after you’ve accomplished this simple point-and-click action, leave a comment below to tell me you did that.
  • Follow me twitter.com/_abrokencompass. Be sure to leave me a comment telling me you did that.
  • Follow Scentsy on Twitter.  Be sure to leave me a comment below telling me you did this.
  • Tweet this link via YOUR Twitter account.  Be sure to leave me a comment – and your Twitter name – so I can verify you’ve did this.

How This Works

This drawing/contest is open as of this posting, and will finish on Monday, May 9 at 5 p.m. (Central time).  Random.org will be used to select a winner, and I will then notify that winner via email.  The winner has 48 hour to respond and provide a mailing address.  Should I receive nothing in response to the notification by the deadline, I will choose another winner and proceed as I did with the first winner.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nicole Greene May 9, 2011 at 9:48 am

I follow you on twitter @pittsy82


2 Nicole Greene May 9, 2011 at 9:48 am

I follow Scentsy on twitter @Pittsy82


3 Nicole Greene May 9, 2011 at 9:49 am
4 susan smoaks May 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

i tell them it’s best to address it in a calm manner


5 Hani May 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

I follow scentsy on facebook


6 Hani May 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

I follow scentsy on twitter


7 Hani May 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

I tell them to stay calm and listen to each other when resolving conflict..


8 Christal Couturier May 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

I would give them examples of how you (myself) have addressed conflict. That way they know it is possibly


9 Christal Couturier May 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

Friend on facebook


10 Christal Couturier May 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

Like Scentsy Wickless Candles on facebook


11 tina reynolds May 9, 2011 at 10:52 am

I always try and teach my children with cause and effect, I would show them a couple of approaches and then the different possible ways for it to turn out and try and make them see the best way to go about a resolution with the effect they want which is hopefully peace. eaglesforjack@gmail.com


12 tina reynolds May 9, 2011 at 10:53 am

I friend scentsy on facebook )mrstinareynolds


13 tina reynolds May 9, 2011 at 10:54 am

like u on facebook


14 hazel May 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

I think the best way to teach kids to avoid conflict is to teach them communication skills. With proper communication skills they have the ability to work through such situations in a way that is respectful for all.



15 April Grimm May 9, 2011 at 11:08 am

I encourage them to talk out problems.


16 Rosey May 9, 2011 at 11:55 am

Putting them together in a non-confrontational group, with a couple of responsible adults to guide a conversation on the topic is effective because it diffuses the importance the conflicts seemed to have had when they were so personalized.


17 Lauryn Beltarn May 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I like a broken compass on facebook


18 Lauryn Beltarn May 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I like Scentsy on facebook


19 Veronica Garrett May 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I friended your A Broken Compass page on Facebook.


20 Veronica Garrett May 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I friended Scentsy on Facebook.


21 Sand May 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I think the best way is by telling them to be honest and sincere. I was bullied a lot in school growing up and I wish that instead of “laughing it off,” I spoke up and would say “that hurts my feelings.”


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