In the popular training DVD, Inspiring Practices for Partnering with Families, John Nimmo shares this advice:
"Sometimes when you're stuck in your relationship with children, you really have to step back and reframe things. Say to yourself, 'I've got to start looking at this child in a completely different way because I'm boxing this child in'…
I think that can very easily happen with parents too… 'This parent is the difficult parent; this is the parent that's the unfriendly parent; this is the parent who is irresponsible, doesn't follow through on things.' When this happens, stop and reflect on your own bias. Ask yourself, how could I rephrase that? What could be happening in their lives? I have to find some way to see this parent in a more strength-based way because it's impossible to have a relationship otherwise."
Inspiring Practices for Partnering with Families
Building caring relationships with families is another way to help children know you care. This Turn-Key video covers a broad spectrum of inspiring practices—from respecting diverse cultures and establishing shared goals, to using new technologies to facilitate better communication between home and school.
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