September 22, 2023

Within the final two episodes, Dan St. Romain and I sat down and mentioned the whole lot from how one can train your college students to change into extra unbiased to how one can get them not to interrupt you throughout small group time.

At present, he and I can be tackling one other scorching subject: What to do when a guardian tells you their little one is being bullied. 

Nothing strikes concern in a instructor’s coronary heart greater than listening to from a guardian who says their little one has been bullied. 

As a instructor, listening to these phrases makes us really feel like we’ve let our college students down. 

Bullying ought to by no means occur within the preschool classroom, that’s a given. However as soon as a guardian mentions it, there’s no going again.

What’s the very first thing it’s best to do? And what phrases do you have to use to debate it along with your younger college students’ dad and mom? 

These are just a few of the questions Dan and I talk about and reply in right this moment’s episode.

Are you prepared?

Let’s dive in!

First Issues First: Has Bullying Actually Elevated?

[Image quote: “It's really important that we define what the difference is between normal early childhood behaviors and bullying.” - Vanessa Levin]

Bullying is a scorching subject that a lot of academics have needed to cope with in newer years. Why? Has bullying elevated? Or has the consciousness of bullying elevated?

Nicely, as Dan stated within the episode above, there are specific phrases that we change into extra conscious of over time. One phrase that has risen to the highest of the listing just lately is “bullied.” 

Bullying has at all times existed, however as a result of we’re extra conscious of it now, we’re listening to about it extra usually.

The Significance of Constructing a Optimistic Relationship With Mother and father

It’s so necessary that we preschool academics have working relationship with dad and mom. Your relationship with the dad and mom of your college students goes to be the very first thing that determines the way you obtain info.

If the primary time the guardian hears from you is one thing unfavourable, they could probably shut down. So, at first of the 12 months, ensure that to construct that relationship with the dad and mom. And while you do must cope with delicate matters, like bullying, you’ll discover it a lot simpler to debate it with dad and mom.

While you work with a guardian and also you give them info, that’s all filtered by the connection. And if the connection is constructive, they are going to be extra open to work alongside you to resolve no matter situation has arisen. In the event you haven’t been in a position to construct a powerful relationship with the dad and mom, then they could go to a spot of judgment when issues occur.

One option to construct relationship along with your college students’ dad and mom is to be proactive. And by that, we imply assembly the dad and mom initially of the college 12 months and serving to them perceive who you might be and what you need to accomplish as their little one’s instructor. 

Proactively work with dad and mom, and also you’ll discover that while you do have to debate delicate points with them, they’ll be extra open to pay attention and work collectively.

What to Do If a Mum or dad Tells You Their Youngster Is Getting Bullied

[Image quote: “We build that [good] relationship with the parents. And then if we do have to deal with sensitive topics, like bullying or misbehavior, and give them information, it’s all filtered through the relationship.” - Dan St. Romain on the importance of having a good relationship with your students’ parents]

If a guardian sends you an electronic mail or a be aware saying that their little one is being bullied, it’s crucial that you simply don’t reply in the identical format. As you realize, writing doesn’t at all times convey the suitable feelings, or the suitable tone. And meaning when you reply in writing, your intentions would possibly get misplaced in translation.

The answer? Ask for a nose to nose assembly. It’s at all times higher to have the ability to sit down with a guardian and discuss to them. Not solely will it enable you perceive the difficulty higher, it can additionally enable you convey that you simply care and that you’ll take steps to resolve the issue.

And if a nose to nose assembly shouldn’t be potential, nicely then, go for the following smartest thing: A telephone name! An important factor right here is which you could have direct contact with the guardian so no misunderstandings occur.

Dan and I talk about all of this in additional depth within the episode above, so ensure that to present it a pay attention when you may!

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