Improve communication skills and resolve conflicts
He’s making fun of me.
She said she wasn’t my friend any more.
She invited everyone to be in her club except me.
He said I was weird. It hurt my feelings.
Helping kids get along with each other can be quite a challenge. Some days it feels like all we do as parents and educators is try to keep kids from fighting and arguing while teaching better ways to get along. It can be tempting to just assume or hope that kids will figure it out on their own, but a better system is to create an ongoing plan for teaching social skills. Young kids are learning skills that will serve them as adults so it can be a critical time to do more than just provide consequences for misbehavior. Learning to handle conflict and to communicate well with others will serve kids in even more ways than the academics they are learning.