When parents and educators use guidance principles, children feel secure, respected, and empowered. In addition, children build esteem and learn to problem solve in social situations.
In our classrooms, parents and educators:
- Use a warm, pleasant manner to set clear, consistent limits and offer choices.
- Sit at the child’s eye level, and make an effort to understand what the child is saying.
- Encourage children to try new skills and let them participate at will.
- Show a genuine interest in a child’s work, understanding that the process is more important than the end product.
- Accept each child as an individual, letting the child work by his/her own methods.
- Offer encouragement instead of flattery.
- Encourage a child to complete tasks on his/her own to build independence.
- Use a positive rather than a negative approach in talking with children.
- Handle conflict by redirecting the behavior and/or coaching the children to express their emotions and needs in a socially acceptable way.