Going Beyond ‘Play Nicely’ – Resolving the Conflicts Children Have with Each Other
‘They both want the same toy & I don’t know who had it first’
They both want to be Mum in the game’
Conflicts are a natural part of children’s lives. In this session, we will consider six problem solving steps that parents can use to support children when they have conflicts with one another.
These steps have been adapted from adult conflict resolution steps and have been made developmentally appropriate for young children.
Parents can start to use the steps even with very young children so that they start to learn that, although problems are challenging, they can be talked through and resolved.
Over time children can learn to mediate conflicts themselves, a skill which they will find useful in the school playground and later in the world of work.
‘I didn’t used to know what to do when my daughter started arguing with her friend but now I have a strategy I can count on.’
‘Its so exciting to hear my child independently using the problem-solving strategies! I think he’s going to be alright in the playground when he starts school.