Why Children Fight With Their Friends
Children fight with their friends for many reasons, from misunderstandings to arguing over a toy to feeling left out to instances of bullying. These fights can be short-lived, episodic, big blowouts, or even end a friendship.
Emotions can run high and their reactions can be big. Or some children will keep their feelings inside and/or have trouble establishing healthy boundaries in their relationships. Parents are often left wondering how to help—and may worry about why their child is fighting with their friends.
It is absolutely normal and common for kids to experience peer conflict. In fact, these fights can actually be beneficial for your child by giving them a chance to practice their social skills. Additionally, disagreements can be opportunities for your child to recognize their feelings, accurately communicate them, and express what they need. Still, these fights can cause a lot of emotional distress for the individuals involved and are not always handled in a manner that gracefully resolves the conflict. This is where parents can offer guidance and step in, as needed.
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