Scenario: Your Child's Friends Disagree During a Playdate
Summer Scenario Your child has friends over, and each kid wants to play something different. It seems like they're heading toward an argument.
Buddy Builder Promote problem solving. Whether it's figuring out how to share art supplies or working out a disagreement with a friend, learning how to resolve conflicts is an important social skill. Your job is to facilitate a resolution. "Ask the kids how they think they could solve their problem," says Dr. Putt. "For instance, they may come up with the idea of taking turns or picking a name out of a hat." Encourage reasonable suggestions and resist swooping in after a minute or two if things haven't been settled. If they're truly having trouble coming up with an idea, steer them in the right direction. Say, for example, "I wonder if using a timer would help?"