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Conflict Resolution Skills: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Disagreements are a natural part of life. Explore ways to change your perspective, conversation style and body language to successfully resolve conflicts.

Conflict Is Common

Have you ever had a disagreement with someone? Probably so, especially if you have brothers or sisters! While it may not be pleasant to experience conflict, it is a normal part of life. People have different opinions and ideas and often these clash. There are some ways that you can resolve these conflicts without hurting other people's feelings or getting your own feelings hurt.

Watch Your Body Language

People communicate with verbal language but often their bodies are speaking a language of their own. When a person is happy, her body language might include a smile, relaxed shoulders, and open arms. But when a person is angry, her body language might include a scowl, tense shoulders, crossed arms or balled up fists.

Your body language can have an effect on the person you are communicating with. Be careful to relax your body when you are involved in a disagreement. Even though it may be a challenge, try not to point your finger at the other person or have an angry expression on your face. If you can make your body language more relaxed, this can help to make the other person more relaxed during the discussion.

Would you want to talk to someone with an angry expression and a pointing finger?
angry body language

Communicate Calmly

During a disagreement, be careful not to use a mean or loud tone when talking. This is easier said than done! But think of it this way: You probably wouldn't react well if someone was mean or loud to you. Therefore, it is not a good idea to communicate that way to someone else. When you are talking, use an even tone and an appropriate voice level. This will help keep the discussion calm.

Not much is solved when people yell at each other in a mean tone.
couple disagreement

Look at the Other Perspective

Most of the time, conflict occurs when someone is trying to get another person to see his perspective, or point of view. This means the person is trying to convince someone else that his point of view is correct.

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