Conflict Resolution Strategies
Does your child fight on the playground? Some hot tips for keeping conflicts from flaring up.
What You Need To Know
In order to resolve conflicts, kids need practice. Parents can help by standing by, but not being too quick to jump in and "fix" things. There are several skills that lead up to being able to avoid or resolve conflicts:
- being able to communicate their needs
- being able to consider the feelings of others
- having the willingness to compromise
- being in control of their emotions
How You Can Help
Offer guidance while allowing your kids to work out their conflicts themselves. If your child takes over the ball while playing with other kids, he'll see the consequence is they no longer want to play with him. It's not as helpful to jump in and demand he apologize.
The best way to intervene in a conflict is to ask each child to explain what they're feeling. The ability to understand what the other side feels is key to being able to compromise.
Model compromise and consideration at home. If there's one piece of cake left, and you both want it, offer to cut it in half. Or let your child have it, and offer to eat something else instead.
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