How To Take a Time Out During an Argument

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Have you had an argument with your spouse or kids this week?

Has someone in your family frustrated you?

If you haven’t already noticed, relationships are messy. I know mine are anyway.

And because we are all different, conflict is inevitable. Wouldn’t it be boring if we agreed about everything?

Let me let you in on a little secret……….we don’t have to lose our tempers.  It’s going to be okay, even if we don’t win the argument!

A time out is appropriate when discussions become heated.

Take a deep breath and use the following 6 action steps to de-escalate a disagreement:

  • Recognize the need for a time-out.
  • Request a time-out.
  • Relax and allow yourself to calm down.
  • Remember what’s most important.  (Your love for the other person).
  • Remember…your loved one is not the enemy.
  • When everyone is calm, continue the discussion.


What steps do you take to de-escalate an argument?

Share in the comments below…


Note: If you are in an abusive relationship, it is extremely important to get to a place of safety.

Get help immediately, especially if there are children involved!

Call the domestic violence hotline1-800-799-7233 if you and your children are in danger of physical, sexual, emotional, financial and/or psychological abuse. 


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