Avoiding The Sucker’s Choice in Parenting

by Mary Ann on May 7, 2014


Avoid making a sucker's choice in your family

Avoid making a sucker’s choice in your family

As a parent have you ever wondered how you could resolve issues in your home more creatively so everyone was happy. It just seems that in a family, in order to get what we need, someone else has to give up what they need and often it is the parent. That can be so maddening!

I know because when I was raising my seven children it happened to me a lot. It caused me to feel frustrated and often, angry. Not good for my relationships with my children.

A sucker's choice leaves someone feeling wronged

A sucker’s choice leaves someone feeling wronged

When a situation arises that needs to be resolved and we are faced with two choices that seem equally bad or unfair…that is called the Sucker’s Choice and if one is chosen, will inevitably leave someone feeling wronged.

Don’t pick one of them. There is always a third alternative and you can find it with a little creative problem solving.

I know, I know! I thought just what you are thinking…No there isn’t. If there was I would have thought of it. When I first heard about the Sucker’s Choice I didn’t believe it either but I have learned that it is true. There is always a third alternative in every situation.

Avoiding The Suckers Choice Video

The following short video will introduce you to 8 steps that can help you become a more creative problem solver in your home and marriage and avoid making a Sucker’s Choice.

Here’s to better solutions, happier relationships and greater peace as a parent.


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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindie May 8, 2014 at 7:45 am

You’re a good woman Mary Ann. I loved the example and the solution. I loved the idea. I have a situation I will be using your techniques for. Thanks. Cindie


Cathy D May 8, 2014 at 7:47 am

Thank you! You’re amazing. I wish I had learned about this about 15 years ago.

I admire the many things you do to help so many people.


Heather V. May 8, 2014 at 7:59 am

Thanks, Mary Ann. I needed this today!


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