Conflict Resolutions For Preschoolers

Now that your kids are back to school, you probably have preschoolers who are trying to navigate their new environments at preschool. While they’re trying to adjust, they’re most likely having a hard time figuring out the whole concept of sharing and getting along with their peers. As parents, we want our kids to get along with their classmates, but that’s not always the case. Your preschooler might sill not understand that they need to share and respect their peers so here are some conflict resolution tips for preschooler:

Label Feelings

The best way to begin is to give preschoolers a better understanding of feelings. It’s best to teach them this concept with picture books that help them learn to label feelings. Showing them the various emotions and then describing them helps preschoolers understand what they’re feeling. When a conflict arises, you’d ask the preschooler what they’re feeling. This allows them to have a better grasp of what’s happening and help them understand how to solve it. Next time something happens, the preschooler will now be able to verbalize what they’re feeling.

Model Sharing

Sharing is something preschoolers have a hard time doing when they first enter school. To help promote sharing, have model sharing activities each day. Take turns playing with toys and encourage the preschooler to share with you, other siblings, friends and even pets.

Create A Conflict Resolution Plan

No matter how well you teach preschoolers about sharing and labeling their emotions, conflict will arise. This is why it’s best to have a conflict resolution plan in place. Adults need to remain clam and then get down to the child’s eye level and speak slow and steadily. The key is to show them that you understand. Label their feelings and ask questions about what happened. Listen earnestly to hear their story and hear both sides. Really go out of your way to let them know you understand them. Ask for their input. When a resolution has been made, thank them for identifying their feelings. Then simply observe from a distance, watching for any flare-ups. Praise them when you see the preschoolers playing in peace.

These tactics work great for preschoolers at home and at school. They also can be used for play dates and with sibling rivalry.