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Peace in your family

Keeping the peace at home can often take considerable effort. Sometimes, things said and done—either purposely or even unintentionally—ignite the fires of resentment or unforgiveness. How can we quench these fires? Here's what a friend of mine did.

She was on vacation with her family, and her boyfriend came to visit. Most of the family wanted to explore an area in the mountains nearby. The young woman's father, though, thought it was a bad idea and said no. Disaster struck when my friend and her boyfriend, believing they were alone, harshly criticized her father. But her father overheard them! All of a sudden the family went from having a relaxing holiday to feeling the need for extensive damage control.

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