Working with Parents and Caregivers
Sometimes parents can be harder to handle than a room full of Daisies. It’s important to navigate situations with parents and caregivers well. Here are a few pointers to use if any tough situations come up.
Use “I” Statements
Perhaps the most important tip for communicating with parents/caregivers is for you to use “I” statements instead of “you” statements. “You” statements may put the listener on the defensive.
Here are some examples of “you” statements:
- "Your daughter just isn’t cooperating.”
- “You’re not doing your share.”
Now look at “I” statements:
- "I’d like to help your daughter learn some fun ways to cooperate.”
- “I’d love some of your attention on registration.”
If you need help with specific scenarios involving parents/guardians, try the following: