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Working Together

Help your child learn about strategies to resolve conflicts.

Materials

  • Stuffed Animals

Directions

  1. Talk to your child about what it means to have a conflict, when people argue or disagree about something.
  2. Ask your child to tell you about a time when she and a friend had a conflict. How did it make her feel? How did her friend feel? Ask her what strategies they used to resolve the conflict.
  3. Have your child choose two stuffed animals to use to role play. Together, pretend that the stuffed animals disagree about something, such as what game to play.
  4. Ask your child to think of some solutions so that the stuffed animals can play together.
  5. Act them out! What solutions seemed to work best?

Talk About It

Talk together about how people often have different feelings and that it's important to try and see things from the perspectives of others. When trying to resolve a conflict, it's important that each person explains how they are feeling and why they are feeling that way. Once everyone has expressed their feelings, ask, "How can we solve this problem?" Think of possible solutions for the conflict such as taking turns, sharing, apologizing, and working together. The next time your child uses one of these strategies to resolve a conflict, remember to praise her. For example, "I liked how you worked hard to solve that problem."

Take It Further

Conflicts can often be found in storybooks. When you are reading to your child and come across a conflict between characters, point it out, and before you see how the conflict gets resolved in the story, come up with some ideas together about what the characters can do. When you finish the story, talk about how the characters resolved the conflict and compare their strategy to the ones you came up with. Can you think of anything else they could have done?

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