Teaching Kids Peacemaking Skills

Peace First is working to create a kinder, gentler tomorrow by teaching our kids right today.

Cultivate empathy. One of the key requirements for peacemaking is being able to envision yourself in someone else’s shoes. Ask questions that challenge your children to see other people’s perspectives—and also try to understand theirs. During play or reading time ask open-ended questions: “Why do you think she did that?” “What would you do in that situation?” And don’t only focus on the “good” guys. There are lessons to be learned from understanding what motivates the “bad” characters too: “Why is the Joker so angry?”

 

By Eric D. Dawson