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Fighting: Deal with It Without Coming to Blows

Fighting: Deal with It Without Coming to Blows    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-55277-517-2
Pages 32
Language English only
Price $12.95
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Written by Elaine Slavens. Illustrated by Steven Murray.
Published by James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2010 (first published in 2004).


Do you settle disagreements with your fists? Do you have trouble walking away when someone tries to pick a fight with you? Do you know what to do when you see a fight in progress?

Schoolyard fights used to be viewed as an inevitable part of growing up, especially for boys. But escalating violence in schools—including many incidents involving weapons—has made conflict resolution among young people a serious issue across the country.

All people experience feelings of anger and hostility, but as we mature we learn how to control these feelings and find positive outlets for them. Fighting was written for students when they need to understand and manage aggression — their own or someone else's — in order to avoid getting into physical fights.

  • Fighting 101 explains how fights get started, and how they can escalate.
  • Letters to the “Conflict Counsellor” illustrate real-life examples of fighting.
  • Quizzes test your ability to avoid fights and deal with tense situations.
  • A resource page lists helpful organizations, books, and web sites.
The Deal With It series helps young adolescents cope with conflicts in everyday life and aims to promote peaceful homes, schools and communities.

Author Elaine Slavens is the former Consultant of Guidance and Social/Personal Skills for the Toronto District School Board and was previously Conflict Resolution Advisor for the Toronto Board of Education. This book reflects a deep and sympathetic understanding of young people and her experience with issues of conflict in school settings.

Attractively illustrated, this book is intended for ages 10+.

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