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Getting Along Together:
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1. Make a point to comment on the pleasure you notice your children experiencing when they are being kind to each other, sharing a toy or helping someone do something.

2. Encourage role playing and pretend play to help your children understand how other people might feel. For example, consider the new child in the neighborhood or a child at school with a disability. You can remind your children of a time when they may have felt a similar way so they can relate to another's feelings.

3. Encourage your child to develop a building project that is large enough for two or more children to work on together. Blocks, boxes and/or sheets can be used. Help children to make decisions together about design and construction. Be sure that the children understand the contributions that they all made to the project.

4. Give your child the opportunity to cooperate on a work project together with you, a sibling or a friend. For example, clean up a room, shovel snow or wash outdoor play equipment. Put on music or sing songs while you work. Having chores that two people can do together (dust pan and broom, hose and sponge) increases the enjoyment and the satisfaction!

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