Friday, May 9, 2014

6 Steps to Fostering Remorse in Children

Arguments and fights on the playground or with other children are an inevitable part of childhood, however, that doesn't make it any easier for parents or caregivers to know how to respond when their child comes home from school with stories of disagreements. It can be even harder when you find out that your child is often the one doing some of the hurting. Here are some steps you can use to help when that happens.

  • Remember that children are frequently testing what effect their words have on others during the school years. 
  • Avoid accusing your child of being mean. 
  • Ask questions instead of making statements. When discussing the situation with your child, it is best to not assume anything or make statements about those assumptions. 
  • Encourage the child to mend the relationship instead of simply telling the person she’s sorry. 
  • Don’t require your child to make the relationship better or punish her if she does not do it. 
  • Encourage your child when she makes an effort to mend the relationship, even if it is not accepted by the other child immediately. 
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