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Seesaw Communication

Read the following conversation between Michelle and Sandy.  See how it affects your feelings as you read it.

Michelle:  You're such a loser.  You can't do anything right, ever!

Sandy:  Look who is talking.  You can't even get a ball over the net when we play volleyball.

Michelle:  Oh!  You think you are so great!  You go home crying to Mommy every time you get a little cut or scrape.  You are a real baby!

Sandy:  You are a baby!  You are so skinny and scared of your own shadow.  Don't call me a baby!

Michelle:  You are a baby and none of the other girls like you!

Sandy:  I know Janet, Anna, and Denise hate you.  They think you are weird!

Michelle:  Those girls don't rate in my book.  I don't care if they like me.

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Communicate by creating a mutual understand (listen, then respond). If you do this, you will not need any future clarification. Be open, respectful, and willing to listen. Do not go into the conversation knowing the answers, because you may not know the right questions. The more you and others communicate, the better the relationship and outcome will be. If you and the others
discuss issues, a sharing will occur and less finger pointing will take place if a problem arises.

*Citizenship section select ideas derived from Citizenship, Learning to Live as Responsible Citizens, published by Good Apple, Inc.

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