If you haven’t dealt with an issue yet…you will!
~Whether it is bullying, your child feeling left out, your child getting in trouble for ______, or you not being satisfied with the teacher’s communication…
My son just started his second year of preschool. So, we have not had any issues yet. I am sure we will. If we make it out of preschool with no problems we will celebrate…because I can assure you when my daughter starts school, we will have ‘issues’.
I did, however, recently have a MAJOR issue with the childcare center at my gym. My son told me a boy was bullying him and was put in time out for “pushing and kicking” yet the child care center never informed ME that my son was being bullied. Momma’s initial reaction: ATTACK. I was livid. Unfortunately for me–good for them….the manager was gone when I called to get the story straight. Not to say I cooled off that much when I got ahold of them the next morning. I felt like I handled the situation the way an angry mom would handle a situation. When it was all said and over, I would have changed a few things.
Here is my UN-expereinced advice:
1) Gather ALL information
2) Write down the facts vs your feelings
3) Think about what you WANT out of the situation
4) Write down what you are going to deliver
5) Write down what follow-up you want out of the situation and make sure you express it.
6) Make sure your delivery is productive. In-person vs email has its pros and cons. How can the delivery of your message be most effective in your situation??
If only someone wrote this blog post for me a month ago….
From one mom to another, I offer my best wishes to you and your next “school issue”.