Many times when I work with families I help them develop hand signals to slow or stop a heated discussion. This way everyone has the potential of gaining control of their words. During one of these sessions I reached over and poked a father in the shoulder to stop engaging in a verbal battle. The son turned to me and said, “You just Cesared my dad.” Of course I googled who Cesar was and discovered, “The Dog Whisperer.”
You watch your normally bubbly child sluggishly get into the car after school. Your parent radar kicks in and you know something is wrong. Is she sick? Does she have a lot of homework? You ask her probing questions and finally through tears she tells you she has been pushed around all day, yelled at and called names from the other kids in school.