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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.

Please click on the image below or click here to access the tool. 

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.  

21 Apr 2020