SAN DIEGO, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Conflict is an issue that children
often face on a regular basis, yet they tend to have little preparation on
how to communicate effectively to handle a confrontation or argument with
their siblings, friends, or school bullies. These rivalries can be harmful
to children, whether mentally or physically, because they often lead to low
self-esteem, violent behavior, and anger management issues.
It is important to establish and maintain a home environment where
conflict is handled in a healthy manner, so children learn to use effective
communication tools and develop self-control. To help children deal with
frustrations, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
(CAMFT) offers the following recommendations:
-- Help children express themselves. Encourage them to express their
feelings with words instead of actions.
-- Teach children to share. Prioritize the importance of giving to others.
This will promote collaboration.
-- Practice what you preach. Be careful about how you resolve your own
conflicts with children or in the presence of children.
-- Refrain from resolving problems for children, when possible. This will
prepare them to independently develop effective dispute resolution
-- Show children how to apologize. The art of apologizing is an important
concept in mitigating conflict.
Helping children with conflict resolution can be difficult. Consulting
with a Marriage and Family Therapist can help in developing strategies and
alternative ways to assist with challenging situations. Marriage and Family
Therapists are mental health professionals who are trained to help
individuals communicate within their families, relieve stress, and create a
better family dynamic. To learn more about family therapy or to locate a
therapist in your area, visit California's online mental health resource,
The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, with 27
chapters throughout the state, is an independent professional organization,
representing the interests of licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.
CAMFT provides http://www.TherapistFinder.com as a resource to the public
looking for Marriage and Family Therapists located in California. For more
information about CAMFT, please call (858) 292-2638 or visit
SOURCE California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists