Teach Kids to Resolve Conflicts Well

Peaceful conflict resolution is a skill you can teach your child. Begin by modeling positive ways to work through differences, and then consider these tips:

Teaching Conflict Resolution

  • Teach your child to use “I” messages. This can be trickier than it sounds. You want your child to learn effective “I” messages, such as “I am mad that my toy is broken,” rather than “I hate that you broke my toy!” Effective “I” messages identify what a person is feeling and why without blaming.
  • Focus on the conflict at hand. When people get upset, they tend to drag in past transgressions to fuel their anger. Focus on working through only the current conflict.
  • Listen. Ask kids how they suggest the conflict be resolved. Too often, parents try to intervene too quickly and take charge of the situation. Give kids the chance to work through differences.
  • Encourage kids to admit when they’ve made a mistake. It’s important for kids to realize when they’ve done something wrong and to admit it.
  • Brainstorm specific solutions. When kids are new to resolving conflicts, they often don’t know how to solve them. Sometimes having an adult name a variety of solutions can help kids begin to think of what works for them—and what doesn’t. Over time (and with practice), they’ll come up with their own creative solutions.
  • Praise your child when you see him resolving conflicts well. Resolving conflicts peacefully is a complex skill. Notice what your child is doing right (such as calming down before trying to talk it out) rather than what he is doing wrong.

Modeling effective conflict resolution skills and encouraging kids to peacefully address disagreements is the first step in raising kids who can effectively solve conflicts. By starting the process at home, you can ensure that your kids get started on the right track when it comes to conflict resolution.



Great information.

This is really useful information and has given me some exciting new ideas to try in the school setting.
Thank you very much.

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This is very useful information, and a teacher does not need extensive training to implement, although I have found that adults do have difficulties at practising the ‘I’ message.

I have difficulties with one of your recommendations: “Praise your child.”

If you mean: “You are a very good boy for resolving … .” then we are apt to cultivate a ‘praise junkie’ who is looking for external rewards rather than cultivating the intrinsic value of searching for solutions so as we all win.

There is a difference between ‘encouragement’ and ‘praise.’ Much on this topic can be found on the Internet.

When teaching young children about solving conflicts, you must listen to them actively and attentively. Young children will express themselves if given the opportunity. Teach children to socialize with their peers peacefully. Young children needs are very important. Teach them appropriate behavior and they will remember it as they grow.

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