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Dealing With Bullying within the Preschool Classroom

Dealing With Bullying within the Preschool Classroom


Within the final two episodes, Dan St. Romain and I sat down and mentioned every little thing from easy methods to train your college students to turn into extra unbiased to easy methods to get them not to interrupt you throughout small group time.

As we speak, he and I might be tackling one other sizzling matter: What to do when a mum or dad tells you their baby is being bullied. 

Nothing strikes worry 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 you need to do? And what phrases do you have to use to debate it together with your younger college students’ dad and mom? 

These are a number of of the questions Dan and I focus on 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 sizzling matter that lots of academics have needed to cope with in newer years. Why? Has bullying elevated? Or has the consciousness of bullying elevated?

Effectively, as Dan stated within the episode above, there are specific phrases that we turn into extra conscious of over time. One phrase that has risen to the highest of the record not too long ago is “bullied.” 

Bullying has at all times 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 essential that we preschool academics have a great 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 data.

If the primary time the mum or dad hears from you is one thing adverse, they might doubtlessly shut down. So, to start with of the yr, make sure that to construct that relationship with the dad and mom. And if you do must cope with delicate matters, like bullying, you’ll discover it a lot simpler to debate it with dad and mom.

If you work with a mum or dad and also you give them data, that’s all filtered by means of the connection. And if the connection is optimistic, they are going to be extra open to work alongside you to resolve no matter problem has arisen. In the event you haven’t been capable of construct a powerful relationship with the dad and mom, then they may go to a spot of judgment when issues occur.

One method to construct a great relationship together with your college students’ dad and mom is to be proactive. And by that, we imply assembly the dad and mom initially of the college yr and serving to them perceive who you might be and what you need to accomplish as their baby’s trainer. 

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 pay attention and work collectively.

What to Do If a Mother or father Tells You Their Baby 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 electronic mail or a notice saying that their baby is being bullied, it’s crucial that you just don’t reply in the identical format. As , writing doesn’t at all times convey the suitable feelings, or the suitable tone. And meaning when you reply in writing, your intentions would possibly get misplaced in translation.

The answer? Ask for a nose to nose assembly. It’s at all times 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 difficulty higher, it’ll additionally aid you convey that you just care and that you’ll take steps to resolve the issue.

And if a nose to nose assembly just isn’t doable, nicely then, go for the following neatest thing: A telephone name! A very powerful factor right here is you could have direct contact with the mum or dad so no misunderstandings occur.

Dan and I focus on all of this in additional depth within the episode above, so make sure that to present it a pay attention when you possibly can!

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