Tools for Dealing with Conflict Use redirection. Redirection means offering children positive alternatives to the unsuccessful methods they are trying to use in a conflict. Usually, when children are fighting, you will be redirecting them to use words, rather than their bodies to express themselves. After stopping the hurtful behavior you can offer another way to express the same idea: "I'm going to stop you from kicking Kevin. You can tell Kevin that it hurts your feelings when he calls you 'dummy.'" "I can't let you push Jocelyn off the slide, but you can tell her, 'Move, please, I'm sliding now.'" Give information. Sometimes, children lack simple information about human relationships or the effects of their actions: "When you bite Bo, it hurts and she cries." "When you call people names, it can hurt their feelings." "If you want the book he is reading, you could bring him another one to see if he wants to trade." State the problem. It is difficult to think of solutions if you don't know what the problem is. Children may think that the problem is the child who is trying to grab their puzzle and that the logical solution would be to get the other child out of there. Letting children know that the problem is that there are two children who want to play with a puzzle and only one puzzle, allows them to bring their creative thinking to developing a solution. Help children brainstorm different solutions. Once you define the problem, you can ask children to help come up of solutions: "Two children want to play with puzzles and there is only one puzzle. What shall we do?" After waiting to see if children can come up with ideas, you could help direct their focus. "Are there any more puzzles here?" "Can two people work on one puzzle?" "Could one person work on the truck and another on the road?" Ask for help from other children. Children may be more open to the ideas of their peers than ours. Also, for children who are observing a conflict, it can be empowering and reassuring to be able to do something.