Relationship Skills — Solving Problems With Friends
Dealing with conflict is never pleasant, but arguments and disagreements will inevitably pop up even with adults and even with close friends. Teaching children to handle disputes with peers in constructive ways will help them in establishing strong relationships.
In past weeks we covered some ways to deal with the big emotions that accompany conflict with a friend. Children must first be calm before they have the capacity to identify the problem and brainstorm solutions. Young children often require adult support in the process, but the more they experience success in problem-solving with their peers, they can slowly become more independent.
This week the Puppet Pals end up having a variety of conflicts with each other and need help coming up with some practical solutions. With a little guidance they are able to use their words to tell each other how they feel, and then try several solutions like trading, sharing, and taking turns.
Hopefully, our young friends will be able to relate to these scenarios and reflect back on them, the next time they are faced with a problem with their peers.