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 how one can educate your college students to turn into extra unbiased to how one can get them not to interrupt you throughout small group time.

Right now, he and I can be tackling one other scorching subject: What to do when a father or mother tells you their little one is being bullied. 

Nothing strikes concern in a instructor’s coronary heart greater than listening to from a father or mother 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 father or mother mentions it, there’s no going again.

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

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

Effectively, as Dan stated within the episode above, there are particular phrases that we turn 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 Constructive Relationship With Dad and mom

It’s so vital that we preschool academics have an excellent 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 father or mother hears from you is one thing adverse, they might doubtlessly shut down. So, at first of the yr, be certain that to construct that relationship with the dad and mom. And if you do need to cope with delicate subjects, like bullying, you’ll discover it a lot simpler to debate it with dad and mom.

While you work with a father or mother 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 resolve no matter situation has arisen. In the event you haven’t been capable of construct a powerful relationship with the dad and mom, then they could go to a spot of judgment when issues occur.

One solution to construct an excellent relationship along with your college students’ dad and mom is to be proactive. And by that, we imply assembly the dad and mom originally of the college yr and serving to them perceive who you’re and what you wish to accomplish as their little one’s instructor. 

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

What to Do If a Father or mother 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 father or mother sends you an electronic mail or a be aware saying that their little one 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 precise feelings, or the precise tone. And meaning in case you reply in writing, your intentions may 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 father or mother and speak to them. Not solely will it provide help to perceive the difficulty higher, it’s going to additionally provide help to convey that you just care and that you’ll take steps to resolve the issue.

And if a nose to nose assembly isn’t attainable, nicely then, go for the subsequent smartest thing: A telephone name! Crucial factor right here is which you can have direct contact with the father or mother so no misunderstandings occur.

Dan and I talk about all of this in additional depth within the episode above, so be certain that to offer it a hear when you possibly can!

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