To maintain a commitment to professionalism I remember that the parents are the primary teachers and I’m there to support them. I meet children where they are and build off where they are as an individual not just developmentally because some children thrive faster and better than others; and just because a child may not thrive as well as another child does not mean they haven’t accomplished anything. I encourage parents to praise every milestone regardless of how big or small it may be. I also express to the children that I work with that an accomplishment is something big; even if it’s not what we were looking to achieve. Its progress and they are still doing great and if there is no progress we need to keep going. I also pat the parents on the back because whatever progress that was made shows the efforts of the parents. I also express to parents that it is okay to ask for help. Asking for help does not make you less of a parent. That just means that they reached out to someone when they reached their capacity; and that’s normal. Also as a professional I constantly remind my parents there are no silly questions. When you became a parent it did not come with a handbook. Lastly I remain respectful at all times, even if they parent maybe doing something that’s wrong or that I do not agree with. I find a mutual space and express my concerns without making them feel inferior.
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