Curiosity and Conflict

I was reminded the other day how much curiosity can help us to avoid and decrease conflict in our lives. On my bus ride home, I laughed as the little girl in front of me sang herself a song and swayed back and forth. Her mom whipped her head around, glared at me, and snapped, “Don’t laugh at my kid!” My gut response was to get defensive, but curiosity won out, and I wondered what might be happening for her. How did she experience my laughter? As judgment of her parenting? As ridicule of her child? What had she experienced that led to that reaction? Maybe her child got in trouble for being loud at school. Maybe a stranger had recently commented about her parenting. I realized her

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