We're often taught to believe that children are fighting because they want our attention. Most often, they are fighting because they haven't learned yet how to negotiate needs effectively. We can teach them to collaboratively problem-solve through the steps of parent-led mediation with the acronym: TEACH ME:
Test Expectations--Establish Patterns--Anticipate Conflict--Choose to be Proactive--Help Kids as Needed--Mediate--& Enjoy the Process of learning about each other.
Explore each of these steps in my book, Raising Mediators, based on child development research with children as young as three.
Emily de Schweinitz Taylor