Module 6 Outcome B: The student will identify positive responses to children.
Fostering relationships with families around behavior management often takes on a negative connotation. It is hard to really like a child who is misbehaving, so we sometimes develop an “us against the kid” mentality when enlisting help from families. In many programs, families know that if they see a note in their mailbox, it is a negative report about something their child has done. In an earlier lesson, we discussed the child’s developing sense of self. For a child who has a difficult time behaving pro-socially, a negative approach to enlisting family members in behavior management can compound things and make it even more difficult for that child to want to do the right thing.
Imagine the following all-too-common scenario. One of the children’s mother walks in to collect her child. She’s just been at work all day, and is tired. Her child is happily engaged in an activity, after a challenging afternoon for staff and the child. The mother sees a note in the box. She is frustrated and disappointed. The child sees her and approaches her with a tentative smile, that fades quickly when the parent begins to talk, and the child becomes frustrated and stomps off. The school-age care worker approaches the mother, exhausted after the difficult afternoon and eager to vent to her about her child. This is not the way anyone wants the day to end. Yet everyone’s feelings are understandable.
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