Restorative Thinking and Positive Relationships: preventing and managing conflict
With COVID-19 keeping us all at home, there may be times when we feel worried and stressed and this can lead to family tension, arguments and conflict. When children see parents/carers communicating well and staying calm, it can help them cope with their own big emotions. These four short learning sequences are an introduction to restorative and relational thinking - a few techniques that can help us to better manage emotions and stay calm, and to keep communicating with each other in positive ways. These lessons will support you to:
- Reconsider positive relationships;
- Think about all behaviour as 'communication';
- Start to use a line of questioning that will help you (and others) through problems and will help to maintain positive mental health;
- Deal better with stress.
It really got me thinking.... especially about how I manage the inevitable conflict the kids have almost daily when it all gets too much!
Easy to understand, easy to implement.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance and Restorative Thinking have been partners since 2015. We like to collaborate and now that COVID-19 is affecting us all, we decided to share some of our thinking around restorative and relational practice in a brand new format. We hope you enjoy this learning experience.
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*Please note: this is an information and advice tool for families, parents and carers and does not form part of the online CPD-certified anti-bullying course for professionals. If you would like to take the CPD-certified courses, please click here.