When the kids were younger, how did you handle conflict and discipline?
Carlton: We had to stay firm and be on one accord.
Joyce: Showing favoritism is a human thing but you just can’t allow yourself to go there. Children are way too perceptive for that. We didn’t let the children play one against the other. If they see you saying ‘You can’t talk to or discipline my child that way’, then that tells them right there that they have an ‘in.’ If I had a problem with the way he disciplined, it was across the board and not just with my birth child. We constantly had conversations about not allowing them to pin one of us against the other.
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