Children seem to get angry easily and then to get over it just as easily. Since they do get over things so quickly, how do we as parents know when to step in and talk about forgiving and receiving forgiveness between, say, a brother and sister?

The key, I think, is the depth of anger because of a deeper injustice than is typical.  If you sense that a child has been injured (and this can be emotional pain or physical pain), then it may be best to step in.  Be sure to allow a time of anger in the one injured. In other words, you do not want to create a norm that to forgive is to not allow an expression of anger at all.

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