Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Nov 12, 2011

When young children feel overwhelmed, especially in social situations, they often don’t know how to recognize, understand and control their emotional responses. Behavioral difficulties can escalate quickly. Emily Mencken, executive director of Cottage Co-op Nursery School, says, “We view these conflicts as tremendous learning opportunities that encourage children to develop the building blocks that truly matter: self-awareness, empathy, confidence, language and problem solving.”

Cottage Co-op and Westridge School are sponsoring a free parent education lecture this Tuesday, November 15th. The lecture, led by child-rights educator Ruth Beaglehole, will be a master class on nonviolent conflict resolution. Beaglehole is the founder of the Echo Parenting and Education Center in Echo Park.

Parents themselves can feel overwhelmed seeing their child in conflict and be unsure of the next appropriate step, the right approach or tactic. Beaglehole believes in raising children in an environment rooted in empathy, respect and connection. She offers clear-cut, practical parenting techniques to help deflate a tense situation and encourage communication.

Peaceful Conflict Resolution presented by Cottage Co-op Nursery School
Tuesday, November 15,, 7-9 p.m.
Westridge School, Fran Norris Scoble Performing Arts Center
324 Madeline Dr., Pasadena
For more information, e-mail
Or visit or call 626.799.1153



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