Respectfully dealing with conflict

Dr Justin Coulson shares the four key skills required for parents to teach their children how to deal with conflict in respectful ways.

1. Debate, not a fight: this puts a constructive lens on the situation before it flares up any further

2. Argue as if you were right but listen as if you were wrong: by doing this, we are teaching our children to stand up for themselves while demonstrating empathy.

3. Give the benefit of the doubt: assign the best possible motives to the other party to avoid unnecessary confrontation.

4. Acknowledge and learn from their critic: by respecting their critic, your child is acknowledging their critic's desire to achieve something good (in their eyes).


Respectful relationships in schools

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Harold's Friend Ship - Lower primary

Relate, Respect, Connect - upper primary