Lesson 9: Family Rules: Getting Along with Others
Once your parents decide that you and your siblings can stay home alone, it is a good time to talk about family rules and how to handle disagreements while they are not around.
Watch the following video to learn how to get along with others while your parents are not home.
Helping your children deal with conflict can be very important especially when you are not at home. Here are some guidelines to help your children get along with others.
- Set clear family rules.
- Give each child plenty of individual attention to lessen competition.
- Help children develop good communication skills. Encourage them to listen well and share feelings with others in a respectful way.
- Teach children a variety of acceptable ways to resolve conflict. Some examples are taking turns, splitting the difference or making a deal.
- Let children solve some problems on their own, if they can do so safely.
- Practice working through conflict situations with children. In situations where children constantly argue, work out advance plans to prevent conflict.
- Try to plan some separate activities for each child to reduce time together.
Now it is time to practice the following situations and try to think of a solution with your child. Think of as many solutions as you can in the Family Rules: Getting Along with Others assessment.