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6 Steps to Help Children Manage Conflict
"I want it!" "No! I want it!" Children fighting can quickly drive a parent crazy. It can be tricky to know how to judge these conflicts fairly and, at the same time, teach our children to negotiate their own problems and conflicts.
Here are six steps to mediate a conflict that may work for you.
Resolving a conflict or negotiating a problem to a solution is a learned skill. With your mediation help as the children go through the steps of negotiation and compromise, eventually, hopefully, your children will learn to resolve their conflicts themselves, whether it is with family and friends, or later with colleagues and spouses. Patience, with the kids and with yourself is key. Don't assume you will all get it right every time. Practice makes perfect!
Resources: High Scope Curriculum Series; "I Want All the Turns!" Supporting Children in Resolving Problems and Conflicts video.