I disagree

It is natural to surround ourselves with people like us. We work with people with a similar skillset, make friends with people who have similar interests and follow social media accounts that share our ethos. So, when was the last time you disagreed with someone? Not an argument, or disagreeing with a stranger, but voicing a differing opinion to a friend or family member. Or even expressing an alternative viewpoint at work. Is disagreeing really that uncommon? Why is disagreeing frowned upon? It goes without saying that we all have differing opinions. If we were all the same, society simply…

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Am I teaching my children to be argumentative?

Am I┬átaking the wrong approach to disagreement? Let’s face it, even the word itself has negative connotations. Awkward, argumentative, feisty, disagreeable, obtuse. We discourage our children from disagreeing. Don’t answer back, do as you’re told. Don’t argue with me. And yet, I want my children to disagree. In fact, I believe it is one of the most important skills they can learn. Should children be taught to disagree? I know, it’s a strange concept. After all, children do nothing but disagree. They never want to do as they’re told and the whining – oh, don’t even talk to me about…

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I don’t agree with your opinion

This week, the UK voted to leave the European Union. Many of my friends are very vocal about their displeasure at this result – and I agree with them – I voted remain and I think that leaving the EU is a bad thing for the UK, as well as for myself and my family. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to hear from people who voted out. A friend of mine told me today that he had been biting his tongue about the hate-filled comments about 52% of the electorate being idiots. And why should he bite…

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