CHAPTER 13Reaching Agreement: A Solution-Seeking Model

In Chapter 10, I began to tell a story involving my youngest son, Eric, and his request that I co-sign a loan so he could buy “the coolest 1979 Camaro.” When I responded with an instant “No!” we were suddenly in a heated argument ending with “You just don’t love me!”

At that point, Eric knew we were stuck. So did I. With a huffy, “I’ll talk to you later,” he slammed the door on his way out. Shaken, I headed back down to my office, asking myself, “How did that happen?” Blindsided again. This predicament had perplexed me for years. How could this child of mine, so unspeakably dear to my heart, ...

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