How To Prevent Your Child From Having Problems At Daycare Or School
by: Susan Wong
Let’s face it: As a parent or guardian, your child means
everything to you. When putting your child through daycare or school, it
is important to make sure that nothing goes wrong to harm your child –
either physically or mentally.
Additionally, your child’s health and safety should be
one of your top concerns. If your child is enrolled in a day care or school
program and something goes wrong, you’re sure to feel upset or angry.
However, taking an aggressive approach and complaining
with the daycare or school can sometimes make the problem worse rather
than better. Rather, you should take preventative measures to making sure
that your child will have a wonderful experience.
Below are some proven steps you can follow to making sure
that your child doesn’t run into any serious problem at daycare or school:
- Do not blame anyone before having solid proof or evidence.
Work with your child’s teacher or caregiver on coming up with several solutions
to the problem and reaffirm your active role in your child’s education.
By being a problem-solver, you’re not only showing that you’re active and
involved in your child’s life, but also that you’re a responsible individual
who cares about coming up with solutions rather than winning arguments.
- Use subtlety when trying to probe the truth from teachers
or caretakers. Try to find something worth praising or noting in the school
or person who is working with your child. Starting the conversation out
on a positive note shows that not only are you concerned about your child’s
well being, but that you also notice and appreciate the dedication and
enthusiasm of the caregivers and teachers involved.
- Let your child tell you in his or her own words what’s
going on at daycare or school. However, you shouldn’t rely on their explanation
as the only one. Get information from teachers, classmates or even other
parents. You’ll find that there are several sides to the story, and the
more you know, the more fully and accurately you can approach the teacher
or caretaker and voice your concerns.
- Follow up with the people you’ve taken your complaints
to and talk with your child to see how things have improved. If the situation
hasn’t changed, take your complaint to the next person up and repeat the
steps above until a resolution has been made. Being informed and involved
with your child’s school shows that you’re more interested in seeing quality
results than making a one-time complaint and letting the issue sit while
nothing is done to correct it.
- Try to keep the issue on the actual incident instead
of the people involved. This helps minimize any later confrontations (between
your child and another child, for example), and also helps the teacher
focus on the problem and not the ones who started it. Also, don’t forget
or ignore your child’s possible role in the problem.
As they say, it is best to prevent than to find a cure
later. Always be sure to show your confidence in the daycare or school
you enroll your child in. This way the daycare or school will also respond
by living up to your expectations!
About The Author
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