Today is part one of our Challenge to build healthy relationships. We’re looking at building healthy relationships in our classroom. For homeschooling parents, this is for you with your children during school work time.
Building positive relationships with your children is an important foundational piece for a child’s learning and success. It also helps with classroom management as children feel loved and cared for.
When healthy relationships are formed, children know that you are approachable and trust you with their thoughts, and problems.
This doesn’t need to take up a lot of your time. Implement one strategy and then add the others over the next few days as you have an entire week to integrate them. You’ll start to see a difference within the week. If you keep it going for a month, it will become a natural part of your day so I encourage you to keep this going for as long as you can.
Start right away by scheduling it in or planning for it.
The following are four steps for you to take this week to build healthy relationships with your students:
#1. Let’s Chat
This is so important for me. I try to schedule in time with my children every day to check in and see how they’re doing.
You may not have time to talk to every child, so choose a few to fit into your schedule. Try to get to each of them at least once by the end of the week. It will show them that you care but more importantly, that you’re listening to them, especially if you make changes or support them when they need you.
This is what will build that trust between you.
#2. Story Time
It doesn’t matter how old or young your kids are, dedicate a short time to sitting around a circle and sharing stories about your life and their life. It’s not just about learning about each other, but about finding common ground so that you can begin to accept each other.
For a more in-depth understanding of this concept, watch the video below:
#3. Laughing Buddies
This is my favorite one because I’m all about the jokes. Tell your kids jokes, or listen to their jokes and laugh together. If it’s appropriate, have them share their jokes with the class.
For special occasions, I write jokes and riddles on the board, draw cartoons to go with it and then hand out prizes. Make a morning event of it and have some fun together.
#4. Always Around
If you’re students are participating in an event, make the time to attend it. If you can’t, ask their parents to send you pictures or a video, and then talk to your child about it. When they know that you’re invested in their life outside of school, it’ll form a much deeper connection as they know that you’re rooting for them.
Let’s recap really quickly. Today, we looked at the following:
- The importance of developing healthy relationships with your children.
- Four steps to try this week: Let’s chat, story time, laughing buddies, and always around.
In the mean time, if you’re still feeling stressed out, overwhelmed and burnout, then I encourage you to check out the following:
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I’ll see you next Friday at 5:30pm PST.
Until I see you next time, remember to create, experience & teach from the heart.