Mother's and daughters don't always see eye to eye - oh how I remember the days battling what I thought wasn't fair with my mother. Now having two daughters of my own, I have had to learn a few new things about agreeing to disagree.
Having and working through disagreements with our mothers is a right of passage for every girl growing up and also a great opportunity to learn from their own opinions while also remembering to respect everyone's point of view, even if they don't agree.
On August 14th, Ever After High™ is launching it's exclusive Netflix series, Way Too Wonderland. In this series, Raven Queen™, the daughter of the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, tries to magically reverse her mother's curse on Wonderland and accidentally transports her and her friends to Wonderland High. As the girls fall down the rabbit hole, their outfits are magically transformed for the new spellbinding world. Raven Queen™ and her mother must learn to overcome their differences to get everyone back to Ever After High™.
Taking a few lessons from Way Too Wonderland, here are some great tips to manage opposing ideas with your own daughter:
Talk it out
If you and your daughter are facing a difference in opinions, give her the opportunity to explain herself in a way that makes her feel heard. Sometimes simply allowing her the chance to share her perspective can help alleviate tension and move things forward.
Instead of jumping to a reaction or conclusion, take a moment to reflect. Gather your thoughts, consider why you're having a difference in opinion and then calmly address the issue with your daughter. Often, strong emotions can lead you to act on your first instinct instead of calmly coming to a mutual agreement. You won't regret taking the time out to manage the situation.
Reverse the roles
When you have a conflict with your daughter try to put yourself in her shoes. Try to figure out where she is coming from and why she is so passionate about certain topics. When you approach her, show her that you understand and respect her point of view and explain your perspective. Even if you both agree to disagree, you'll have a much better understanding of each others viewpoints.
Sometimes one of the best things we can do is let our kids make their own decisions and form their own opinions, even if they are different from your own. While you may not agree with your child's course of action, we should continue to love and support them, as this will show them that you trust them to make their own decisions and follow their own path - ultimately leading them to their own destiny!
While conflict is never pleasant and can be challenging, remember that its a moment for you and your daughter to learn and grow closer together. Just like the girls of Ever After High in Way Too Wonderland, working together is always the best solution to overcoming differences.
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