Parenting is one of life's true joys, but it is also one of the hardest things you'll ever do in your time on this earth. It's an "all hands on deck" obstacle course of emotions, struggles, elation, and conflict. Often, how you respond during crisis says the most about you as a parent, though not necessarily for good or for ill. The skills and strategies you employ are a window into how you parent as a whole, and it is fascinating to examine what your parenting conflict resolution style says about you. Because we can all learn a lot from one another as parents just trying to do our best.
There has been extensive study into the ways our personalities often define our styles of conflict resolution, and much of that scholarship is applicable to parenting in much the same way. For instance, while I am unafraid of confrontation, I do not love the idea of it, and therefore look for ways to head it off at the pass, in lieu of finding myself needing to resolve conflict head-on. Researchers posit that personalities like mine tend to set and enforce strict boundaries that would preclude the need for conflict. As a parent, I am very specific and communicative with my children about expectations, and while conflict does arise, as it always will, it is usually linked to an occasion for which I have not established such boundaries and expectations.