It’s a classic playground scenario: Two kids are happily playing in the sandbox when suddenly a toy is stolen and the next thing you know someone is in tears. Children often have a hard time expressing feelings like adults do, which can lead to an eruption of emotions, and sometimes causes kids to react in an aggressive way. It’s important to know when to let your children work out problems on their own, and when to step in.
The best way to deal with conflict is to avoid it in the first place. Help kids to stay out of sticky situations by preparing them in advance:
Some conflict is inevitable, so it's a great idea to teach your child conflict management skills. Try these tips to help her manage conflict when it arises:
Kids are more resilient than we give them credit for, and they may not be as upset by a playground dispute as you might think. It's OK to hold back and give children a moment to resolve the conflict on their own. However, there are times when it is important for a parent to referee the dispute:
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