Helping Children Get Along
learn from your example. If you show that you can disagree
without getting angry or violent, they learn to respond
that way too. If you show that you won’t tolerate
acts of aggression, prejudice or hate, they won’t
If your child is being bullied or treated badly, he needs
your support. Listen to your child and take the problem
Jacob and Suki have become good friends. This experience
will help them learn respect for people from different
When Kasim and Joshua start to fight, their dad
helps them solve their problems peacefully.
- It’s natural for children to disagree
and fight. Give them a chance to work things out.
Step in when either child could get hurt.
- Teach your children to take turns.
- Children often compete for a parent’s
love and attention. Try not to com-pare them or
favor one child over another.
- Let your children know that they are each
unique and loved.
- New baby?
- Try to spend some time alone with each child.
Time alone with grand-parents and other adults
is also good for children.
Things You Can Do
Where to Find Help
Bullying and Teasing
- Children who
are bullied or teased a lot may grow up feel- ing worthless,
angry or hopeless. They may learn to bully others.
If your child tells you he is be-ing picked on, take it
seriously. Try to work it out with teachers, parents and
the other children. Make sure the bullying stops, even
if you have to change your child’s class or playgroup.
Children who bully others should be taught other ways
to resolve conflicts. If you see this kind of aggression
in your child, talk to a counselor or teacher. Act now—
it is easier to change your child’s behavior when
he is young. Call Counseling.
Skills to Get Along
Children need many social skills
to be ready for kindergarten. Help your child learn
to wait, take turns, listen, share, make friends and
follow simple directions.