Make a Deal

Discussion

Make a Deal

Having a deployed parent can create new challenges, along with opportunities to step up and help your family. Carlos and Anna have a conflict, but Carlos comes up with a solution and goes to bat for Anna. It's a trade-off—Anna misses his big game for Ernesto's concert, but she promises to take Carlos to the movies. It's not perfect, but at least he gets to hang out with his sister...and things are peaceful for now.

  • Think back to a time when you made a compromise during a difficult situation. Do you think it was the best solution? Would you do it again?
  • Next Steps:
    It's easy to lose focus of what is really bothering you when you're upset. In Carlos' situation, he realized the real issue—he missed spending time with his sister. His solution made sense, and he was successful in keeping the family peace. When you're trying to problem solve, it's helpful to first brainstorm some ideas. If you have time, run your ideas by a trusted adult before you propose a solution.