* TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO TALK IT OUT -NICELY. This means no name calling, accusations or whining.
* TELL YOUR KIDS TO LISTEN TO EACH OTHER. This is also an important life skill – learning to listen and respond to other people’s opinions.
* LET THEM WORK IT OUT. It’s important for children to learn how to resolve their differences – you shouldn’t swoop in to mediate every dispute.
* SEPARATE THEM, AS NECESSARY. Sometimes your kids are going to be so upset with each other that they’ll need time apart to calm down. Put them in separate rooms and encourage them to play by themselves for a little while.
* PRAISE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR. If you recognize your kids for being kind to each other, you’ll encourage them to demonstrate this behavior more often.
* SPEND QUALITY TIME ALONE WITH EACH CHILD. Let them pick a special activity and enjoy your one-on-one time with them. Listen to what they’re saying and reinforce how important they are to you.
I really want today’s post to be more of a discussion so let’s get those comments rolling today! How do you encourage positive interaction? What tips can you share?