Problem Ownership has to do
with determining whose issue it is. An issue can be a debate,
controversy, unsettled matter that is ready for a decision or anything
on oneís mind. Problem Ownership determines who has primary
responsibility for dealing with the issue. This helps us to understand
our place in the issue. Knowing who owns the problem will help us
know what our purpose is as a parent so we can Parent on Purpose.
To determine problem ownership, you have to
think about who owns the problem, not who created the problem. For
example, if you are robbed, the robbery is a problem to you, but it is a
solution to the robberís financial problems. So who owns the
problem is not the one who created the problem, but the one
who has to deal with the problem. In this case it's the person who
Sometimes it is not easy to
determine who owns the problem. The same behavior may be parentís
problem, or it may be a relationship problem. It can depend on the
attitudes and emotion behind the behavior. A teen who breaks curfew out of normal
teenage behavior is different than a teenager who comes home late as a
means of irritating parents and feels good about upsetting you.
There are different parenting purposes,
depending on who owns the problem. It's important to understand
who owns the problem in order to know what our purpose is. Then we
can Parent on Purpose. When Parent Owns the Problem, our purpose
is to set limits and teach cause and effect principles in life.
These principles often follow the general principle of privileges
following responsible behavior. When Child Owns the Problem, our
purpose is provide support and to equip our Child/Teen to be able to
handle the issue. Our purpose when Relationship Owns the Problem
is to resolve the issue together and teach conflict resolution shills by
modeling them. When Values Owns the Problem, our purpose is to
pass on values that are important to us and that will help our
Child/Teen live a productive life.
We will now look at 4
options of problem ownership as it deals with parenting. In each
problem category, we will use the analogy of a traffic light system to
help us understand our role in problem ownership.
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