Helping Your Child with Conflicts (5-1-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   To help your child deal with conflict.

PRACTICE:    Today, if you see your child being taken advantage of, help him.

Do not take over and save him. Instead, find out what he needs. Get a toy back? Get a turn with a toy? Not be called names?

Once you know what his problem is as he sees it, talk with him about what words he can use to get his reasonable needs met. Help him see how to stick up for himself and let the other person know what he needs.

Tell him you will help him say the right words. You will go with him to talk out a solution with the other person.

If today is not a day when you see such a conflict, think back to a conflict like this that you remember. Imagine how you could have helped him with the conflict at that time.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, PHOEBE & DIGGER.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Making Children Feel Safe and Important, Part 2.

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