Dealing With Bullying within the Preschool Classroom

Within the final two episodes, Dan St. Romain and I sat down and mentioned all the things from the right way to educate your college students to change into extra impartial to the right way to get them not to interrupt you throughout small group time.

At the moment, he and I shall be tackling one other scorching matter: What to do when a mum or dad tells you their baby is being bullied. 

Nothing strikes concern in a trainer’s coronary heart greater than listening to from a mum or dad who says their baby has been bullied. 

As a trainer, 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 mum or dad 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 together with your younger college students’ mother and father? 

These are a couple of of the questions Dan and I talk about and reply in at present’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 matter that lots of lecturers have needed to cope with in more moderen years. Why? Has bullying elevated? Or has the consciousness of bullying elevated?

Properly, as Dan mentioned 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 checklist lately is “bullied.” 

Bullying has all the time existed, however as a result of we’re extra conscious of it now, we’re listening to about it extra typically.

The Significance of Constructing a Optimistic Relationship With Mother and father

It’s so vital that we preschool lecturers have a superb working relationship with mother and father. Your relationship with the mother and father of your college students goes to be the very first thing that determines the way you obtain info.

If the primary time the mum or dad hears from you is one thing detrimental, they might doubtlessly shut down. So, at first of the yr, be sure to construct that relationship with the mother and father. And once you do should cope with delicate matters, like bullying, you’ll discover it a lot simpler to debate it with mother and father.

Whenever you work with a mum or dad and also you give them info, that’s all filtered by way of the connection. And if the connection is optimistic, they are going to be extra open to work alongside you to unravel no matter difficulty has arisen. In case you haven’t been in a position to construct a robust relationship with the mother and father, then they could go to a spot of judgment when issues occur.

One method to construct a superb relationship together with your college students’ mother and father is to be proactive. And by that, we imply assembly the mother and father in the beginning of the college yr and serving to them perceive who you might be and what you wish to accomplish as their baby’s trainer. 

Proactively work with mother and father, and also you’ll discover that once 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 Guardian Tells You Their Little one 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 mum or dad sends you an e mail or a observe saying that their baby is being bullied, it’s crucial that you just don’t reply in the identical format. As you recognize, writing doesn’t all the time convey the appropriate feelings, or the appropriate tone. And meaning if you happen to reply in writing, your intentions would possibly get misplaced in translation.

The answer? Ask for a nose to nose assembly. It’s all the time higher to have the ability to sit down with a mum or dad and discuss to them. Not solely will it aid you perceive the problem higher, it’ll additionally aid you convey that you just care and that you’ll take steps to unravel the issue.

And if a nose to nose assembly isn’t attainable, effectively then, go for the subsequent smartest thing: A cellphone name! Crucial factor right here is you could have direct contact with the mum or dad so no misunderstandings occur.

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

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