Helping kids to learn conflict resolution

Child Development Specialist Gila Brown, MA, shares advice for parents on how to help your kids resolve their conflicts and problems on their own
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Helping kids to learn conflict resolution

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When kids have problems, as adults, as parents, as educators, it’s our inclination to jump in and fix the problem for them. And the problem with that is that it doesn’t really serve kids. So the best way to help kids – the most effective, most compassionate and respectful way to help kids when they have an issue is to give them the space to resolve problems on their own and the first step to doing that is really validating what’s going on for them. So, “Honey, it looks like you’re really upset about this. Huh. Very. What can we do about it?” Really, the best way to teach compassion and respect is by modeling it.

Child Development Specialist Gila Brown, MA, shares advice for parents on how to help your kids resolve their conflicts and problems on their own

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Gila Brown, MA, MFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist/ Parenting Expert

A middle school teacher turned child development specialist, Gila Brown, MA, MA, is the creator of Harmony Rules: How to Parent Confidently and Raise Super Kids.  With over 15 years of experience working with kids of all ages, Gila has helped countless parents transform life at home, enjoying a greater sense of peace and more rewarding relationships with their kids. Known for her fluency in ‘kid-speak’, Gila helps parents who are facing regular power struggles by giving them tools and strategies to respond with positive discipline and effective communication.

After receiving her BA from USC, Gila began her career in museum education and family programming.  She went on to receive her MA in human development from Pacific Oaks College, along with a teaching credential. After years of classroom teaching, Gila shifted gears deciding that she could best help kids by helping their parents. As a child development specialist, Gila earned an MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University. Her expertise and background in both education and psychology give her a unique perspective on child behavior and the family system.

Gila is in private practice in Beverly Hills where she works with individual adults and parents.  She also specializes in working with families coping with divorce. Gila teaches parenting workshops through numerous schools and parenting organizations.

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