Conflict can be an issue for anyone. As an adult, you can have conflict in the workplace, in the home, as well as in relationships in general. Teens experience conflict as well. They have issues with other teens and depending on how they handle these conflicts can mean the difference in how they handle conflicts as adults. It can be difficult for teens to resolve conflict if they are not taught how to properly handle it. Here are a few tips to help teens to resolve conflict peacefully.
First, talk to your teen and find out more about the conflict. Let them know that you are listening to them. Many times teens feel like their parents could care less about them or their problems. Try not to speak over you teen. Listen as much as possible before giving your advice. Talking with your teen now will help before things get out of hand.
Second, explain to your teen the importance of talking to the other person about the issue. Most teen conflicts can easily get resolved if the teens talk to one another. Without taking to one another, rumors start and the conflict only gets worse. Try to get the teens to talk to one another without adult involvement. Hopefully, the teens can come to an understanding.
Third, if the problem is still there, try to get the parents of the other teens involved. Sometimes, the parents are unaware of the problems and need to be informed of the issues. You may want to sit down with the teens and the parents to hear both sides of the conflict. It may be the case that your teen is at fault. Explain to them why they are wrong and how to deal with the issue in the future.
Finally, keep the lines of communication open between you and your teen. Let them know that they can come to you with any issue. Teens that know that their parents care enough to listen to their conflicts and offer advice are more willing to talk to their parents about other issues.
When teens learn the best way to resolve conflict, they are more likely to better handle such issues as adults. They become less likely to have violent outbursts and more likely to think things out before taking action. Talk, listen, and keep the lines of communication open and your teens will learn the best way to peacefully resolve conflict.