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The silent treatment is used by both adults and children. I always thought the primary goal of the person using it was to force the other person to apologize, recant whatever they may have said, reverse themselves on anything mean that they may have said, or to be just plain mean. Children learn from adults and sometimes use it against us. I have always hated the silent treatment as I felt it was better to discuss the situation or problem and find a resolution. By not talking the problem can continue on for anther day or be dropped only to resurface and be worse than the first time. In “Pecos Meets Bad Bart,” Bad Bart intimidated and bullied Bob and some of the towns people. He refused to talk about his demand for chocolate ice cream but rather pounded his fist on the counter continuing his demand in a mean voice. When the towns people realized something was wrong at the sweet shop, they rushed to Bob’s aid. However, Bad Bart was so scary that they didn’t know how to solve the problem and were also bullied by Bart. Finally, when Sheriff Gus returned from checking the towns people and sees there is something going on at the sweet shop, he rushed in. Once he saw Bart he immediately analyzed the situation and solved the problem. He spoke calmly and before too long everything was turned around. In all of my books, I use problem solving without yelling, blaming, or name calling. The characters figure out a way to fix whatever is wrong. In the book, “The Flying Cat” J.C. tries to solve a problem without the aid of his parents, Fred and Mary Band or Sheriff Gus. In the end, Gus, Mary, Fred and some of the towns people find the solution. So the next time someone uses the silent treatment to resolve an issue with you and even if its a child, read one of the Good Gus Series books. You will be giving a good example to the child and yourself. The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website www.goodgusbooks.com along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Now available audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now on YouTube! “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at www.misplacedtrustbook.com. If you are thinking of a Will or a Living Trust, “Misplaced Trust” will give you the information you need to make an informed decision. Please check me out on IHeart radio. The Good Gus series, books one through four, are now available at the Morgan Mill Mail/UPS. I am now on Instagram and X!

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