Creative resolution of different conflicts

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 12:09 am

It is a fact of life that whenever two or more people gather, there will be disagreements. Once people accept the fact that conflict is a natural, normal, and inevitable part of life, they need to learn what attitudes are helpful in dealing with different kinds of conflicts. It is important to understand that conflicts are not all the same. Some kinds of conflicts involve safety risks and must be handled immediately while others barely cause a ripple in the day.

When facing conflicts that involve safety, it is important for adults to quickly make the right decision and act to keep everyone safe. Many conflicts between children and parents fit in this category. With children, situations will arise in which parents are able to see the broader picture including risks, while the child may see only the toy s/he wants right now. For young children this might be a ball rolling into a street, and the child wants to go get it. Older children might want to go places with friends or on their own before parents are confident of their ability to make good decisions to keep themselves safe. Another area of parent/child conflict might be a child wanting unrestricted use of the Internet with parents understanding risks involved in this and insisting on supervising websites the children are exploring.

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