People don't always get along, and when they don't, it's called conflict. We wanted to know more the arguments and disagreements kids have, so we did a KidsPoll to find out.
We asked 1,245 boys and girls ages 9 to 13 about conflict and here's what they said:
But it wasn't all bad news. A third of the kids also had this to say:
Let's start with those brother and sister squabbles. It's normal and natural to disagree with your siblings. And it makes perfect sense that kids argue most with brothers and sisters. Kids spend lots of time with siblings and they feel more comfortable with them — two conditions that make arguing more likely.
Arguing with siblings can become so normal that, just like breathing, you might do it naturally without even thinking of it. But that doesn't mean lots of arguing is OK. (Just ask your parents!) And it's never OK to hit or get in a physical fight with a sibling — or anyone else, for that matter.
If you'd like to argue less with siblings (and everyone else), follow these three steps:
The group that took this KidsPoll included an almost equal number of boys and girls. They answered the questions on handheld data devices while visiting these health education centers and children's museums:
A poll, like the KidsPoll, asks people a list of questions. Then researchers compile all the answers and look at the way the group answered. They calculate how many — or what percentage — answered "yes" to this question and "no" to that one. Polls give us clues about how most people — not just the ones who answered the poll questions — feel about certain issues. We'll be conducting more KidsPolls in the future to find out what kids say — maybe you'll be part of one!
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