Relationship Conflict Resolution Activities

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

Relationship conflicts can interrupt a class and challenge learning for those in the midst of the conflict. This lesson discusses some classroom activities for students to learn how to resolve their relationship conflicts successfully.

Romantic Relationships and Ensuing Challenges

Romantic relationships can happen between students that see each other almost every day of the week. This means there is bound to be conflict as relationships come and go. These romantic relationships usually start showing up in junior high and high school and are not a negative. Students that are in relationships usually show more self-esteem, perform better in learning, and succeed better in school. However, that's when everything is going well. There are, unfortunately, a variety of conflicts that kids get into when romantically involved:

  • Jealousy/Possessiveness
  • Pressure for intimacy
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Dating violence

Since students have such a wide range of issues, it is important to get them involved in conflict resolution activities so they understand how to work out issues as they come up. Now as teachers, it's not our place to promote or discourage a relationship, but if the couple is conflicted, we can provide helpful activities for the students to decide if they want a resolution or not.

There are ways to resolve conflictive relationships.
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Activities to Assist in Romantic Relationship Troubles

Since we are dealing with kids, trying to explain the complexities of relationships is a challenge. Instead, it's important to just give them a few tools so they can build upon those later in life.

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