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R-e-s-p-e-c-t! 

by Llynda Fogle

frustration

 

           Fighting, crying, defiance, tuning out, sulking……..Do you ever wonder how you are going to get through the day?  Chances are your children are equally frustrated.   Take a look at the big picture and do your best to see what’s behind the grumps, growls and tears.  Many times, children don’t feel like they are being heard or acknowledged. Sometimes their feelings just completely overwhelm them and they melt down.    So often, misbehavior is a call for love or a cry for help.  When we ‘blow our tops’, and scream and shout giving orders, we are modeling what not to do.   So instead of sinking to the level of your child’s behavior, take a look first at what you might do differently to help children comply and be respectful.

          Respect is the foundation for all other basic values. First, we have to extend respect before we can expect respect. Pay attention to your daily routine and the climate you have created in your home or classroom.

Here are some tips on creating a respectful and peaceful environment:

  • Use the words you wish to teach. Please and thank you are magic words.
  • Respect children’s opinions. Give feedback to let them know they are heard, even though their wishes may not be granted. (Yes you will be going to school today. I hear that you don’t want to go. Let’s plan to do something special when you get home.)
  • Give recognition for compliance and respectful behavior. Catch them doing something right and make a big deal of it.
  • Give children a chance for a ‘do over’. Say something like, “Let’s try that again”. Watch your tone!
  • Be the example and show respectful behavior always. Remember, children are watching you ALL the time. What you do speaks so loudly they cannot always hear what you say.

Quote from Linda and Richard Eyre, “Teaching Your Children Values”

           “The teaching of respect is an interesting and somewhat difficult proposition. The main thing to remember is that respect isn’t given consistently unless it is received. We need first to respect our children (in terms of how we speak to them and how we treat them) and then to absolutely demand that they show respect for us in return. The respect they receive in the home or classroom will be the basis for their own self-respect; and the respect they learn to show in the home and to others will be the foundation on which to build respect.”

Here are some resources to help you reinforce the
respectful behaviors you wish to teach your children:

             Respect Yourself               Please and Thank You                Just Do It               Do The Right, Bright, Thing

        Respect Yourself Song IMAGE 500x500                Please and Thank You Song IMAGE 500x500             stick to it song IMAGE 500x500       Do the Bright Right Thing Lesson Plan IMAGE 1 500x500

 

 

      Manners Matter

manners matter lesson plan cover 500x500

 

 

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Conversations with Children

Conversations with children promotes the development of langauage and comprehension. Remember it's a two part dialogue-talking AND listening! Here are some strategies to help you help children improve their speech and to help them understand what is being said.

 

April 2010ParentChild

Self-Talk

Talking out loud to ourselves and saying what we are seeing, hearing, doing or feeling is useful for children who are shy about participating and interacting. This models speaking yet makes no demands on the child.
 
Expansions
Repeat what has been said and add to the statements with details that help form a grammatically well-formed utterance. For example, a child says, "baby sleep." The adult responds, "The baby is sleeping." The expansion shows a child that the adult is listening and that the child’s speaking is important and acknowledged.

Parallel-Talk
The adult comments about the actions and play of the child and uses language that is simple in order to model appropriate language. The child does not have to respond.

Asking Questions
Closed Questions:  A closed question has one right answer. It can be answered with a yes or no or one or two words. For instance, ‘What color is this?’  “How many are there?’  “What is this called?”  “Is this yours?”


Open Ended Questions:  Open ended questions ask a child to give more than a one or two word response and have many possible right answers. They give more insight and extend children’s thinking.  To help children  put thoughts into words ask, “Why do you think the little boy in the story was sad?”

  •     To observe: “What do you see, hear, feel? What did you notice?”
  •     To make predictions: "What do you think will happen if you keep adding blocks?”
  •     To think about similarities and differences: “How are these two blocks the same?”
  •     To stretch thinking: “What would happen if there were no cars, trucks, buses, planes?”

 

Check out this helpful workshop on building positive relationships with children.

positive interactions with children COVER 500x500

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Bloom With Encouragement

“I’m so little, don’t you see? Will you take time to notice me?”

preschoolgirl

 

        Every child needs focused attention to feel loved. How often we hear, “Look at me, see what I did, listen to this!”  Encouragement is like the sunshine and water needed to put down the deep roots of self-esteem. 

        We can offer encouragement by valuing and accepting children just the way they are. Different abilities, different ways of learning, strengths, weakness, and changing emotions make no difference in the value or acceptance of a child.

       Judgments and comparisons are not a way of encouraging others. Each child needs to be valued and cherished for him or herself. Individual learning styles, rates of development, and strengths can be noticed and appreciated for the child himself, not a as a measure against someone else. The child’s own judgment of himself emerges as he is judged by others.

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Here a Preschool Fun Learning we believe that growing and learning is best promoted through Heart Centered interactions. I’m sure can recall times in your own childhood when you felt like you were loved, that you mattered, and that you belonged. And probably you can remember times you didn’t feel these things. Think about how good it feels to be in a home or classroom where Love is. We can feel special and loved every day when we are positively acknowledged for who we are. We communicate love to each other every moment by what we say, how we way it and what we do. Children can know Love and acceptance by our consistent actions. Your thoughts and words are so powerful!! Each child is creating an image of himself through the feedback he gets from you!

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