Conflict Resolution For Kids

I found this today and thought it would be a fun read for those mediators out their with children!

Recently, my friend's four-year-old had a preschool classmate over for a play date. All was copasetic until his pal grabbed a much-loved toy helicopter and took off across the living room...

1) Make a Plan
If talking doesn't work, break all the toys.

2) Redirect
Are you really angry with him for taking the toy or are you really upset about the Big Bank Bail Out, or the Mortage Crisis?

3) Have Realistic Expectations
Mikey not really be in the mood to say sorry... especially since there is a distinct smell coming from his diaper.

4) Focus on Feelings & Relationships
"So it you sound like you are really angry about the blocks being knocked over. It also sounds like having a relationship with Mr. Elephant is important to you."

5) Obedience Isn't The Goal
"Say you are sorry because I said so or I am taking away Mr. Elephant. 1... 2...."

Ok, thats my attempt at humor. The title of the tips are real but I added in the comedic descriptions.
Read the real article [here].


  1. Are kids or adults easier to mediate? All depends on who's kids and compared to which adults. We are in a society today that treats adults more like kids and gives kids the rights and powers of adults. Inherently this is wrong and I believe goes along way to the cause of the breakdown in society and the families of today. If kids were allowed to be kids and had the respect for their elders and people in authority then this question would be irrelevant.

    So which is easier to mediate, kid or adults? Well it actually depends of the quality of the parents.


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