Conflicts arise naturally out of interactions between different people. We teach conflict resolution throughout the year to give children ways of solving problems themselves. In this way, children are given tools for dealing with conflicts before they happen. This helps avoid discipline problems that come from not knowing how to work through arguments peacefully. We give children the skills to create a balance between freedom and responsibilities that teach them to respect themselves, others, the classroom, and the materials. With these skills, children begin the lifelong process of learning to respect others’ opinions and to search for solutions to conflicts.