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9 Surprising Ways You Might Be Over-Parenting Your Child

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Mother holding two fighting kids back

Intervening in Fights Among Peers


Do you step in immediately when a squabble erupts over a toy, if one child isn't sharing during a play date, or if your older child has a disagreement with a friend? As long as nobody is in danger, it's better to wait and let the children resolve it on their own. It's a helpful lesson in conflict resolution.

If you do need to intervene, try to avoid offering any solutions and instead be a mediator to help them arrive at one themselves. You might be surprised to see how well they are able to work it out alone. Teaching your child to handle his own conflicts from a young age will help him greatly as he faces tougher battles later in life.

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