Developing Conflict Resolution Skills in Children
Conflict resolution skills teach children how to deal with disagreements and disputes in a positive and constructive manner.
“Conflict cannot survive without your participation.” — Wayne Dyer
As a child, there was always a problem at school because the children fought a lot. With few disinterested teachers, the children were not engaged in the class. They would threaten each other and fight in the streets after school time. Sometimes these fights even took place in groups. That was the age of chalkboards, which were even used as weapons. Chalkboards were broken and children were injured.
This demonstrates very poor school organization, as public schools were hardly running, particularly in remote villages. However, the point is that these fights used to spread to their homes, and I witnessed many such instances where the elders began fighting for their children. In some cases, these fights can last a long time and lead to a dangerous situation. One of my close friends’ families has been fighting with another family over their children for the last five to six years in court. As a result, they have also been firing each other.
The preceding discussion demonstrates the significance of conflict resolution for children. The school children are within a crowd of students and teachers, and they may hear or see the other person speaking or acting. As a result, they must be guided and taught how to control such situations so that they are not spread further.
Conflict resolution is an important skill for children. This skill helps them throughout their lives, as they need to be able to resolve conflicts effectively in order to be successful in their relationships and in life. Teaching children how to resolve conflict in a healthy and productive way is essential for their positive upbringing.
How we can train children for conflict resolution
Children learn best by example, so it is important for parents and other adults to demonstrate how to resolve conflicts respectfully and productively. This means that adults should avoid yelling and other forms of aggression when resolving conflicts. Instead, quiet listening, compromise, and problem-solving techniques should be used. It is also important to teach them how to identify and express their feelings, how to listen to others, how to compromise, how to recognize when conflict is escalating, and how to de-escalate the situation.
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