conflict resolution

Teaching Empathy

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It’s not all about ME! Why Empathy Matters What do you envision as the foundation of your classroom culture? your family culture? Is it all about me and what I want? Making the best grades. Having the most friends. Winning, Scoring, Getting to the head of the line… I doubt that is what you envisioned,…

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Friendship Troubles

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Helping Kids See Problems as Opportunities Friends Making new friends. Handling  challenging situations. Knowing when to move on… What do you do when a friend wants to do something that is unkind, thoughtless, or involves breaking the rules? What do you do when a friend is bossy, self-centered and treats you unkindly? If a friend …

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Five Ways to turn Sibling Rivalry Around

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Sibling Rivalry or Sibling Opportunity? We can all probably remember the sibling rivalry that went on in our own families. As the oldest in my family, I certainly participated in plenty of bickering and arguing of my own. Once you become a parent though, what you participated in as a kid quickly becomes one of the most…

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Creating better communication with kids

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…

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Teaching kids to get better at getting along

You’ve got two kids who disagree and fight constantly… Yet they seem attracted to each other like magnets… You’ve talked to them You’ve threatened them You’ve separated them… repeatedly. What’s the answer? We’ve all been in this situation before as educators and parents; two kids who just can’t get along but who somehow manage to…

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