Working With Children – What You Need To Know
There’s that old saying that most people tend to stick to: don’t ever work with animals or kids.
But, as a mum, you’re probably thinking that working with kids can’t be that bad. After all, you’ve already got plenty of experience with dealing with them! However, you might be surprised to find that having kids and working with them are two completely different scenarios.
Working with children doesn’t have to be all that bad, though. Follow these tips, and you should find that everything goes relatively smoothly.
Choose Your Career Path
What kind of job do you want? You might consider becoming a child carer with Employ Social Care or train as a teacher. It’s a good idea to think carefully about your chosen career path as getting the right one is crucial. You need to make sure it is a good fit and something that you want to do. If it isn’t, then you will quickly become bored or uninspired, and you might start to resent your career. If that happens, then you will find that working with children simply becomes a bore.
Always Be Open
Your workspace needs to be open and accessible to children. And I don’t just mean physically open. You should remove any patronizing language from signs and notices and replace it with child-friendly language. It’s also a good idea to place these at a child-friendly height too. By promoting open communication in this way, you will find that all the kids learn to trust you quite quickly.
Children love to make and do. One way you can encourage your kids to be hands-on in this way is to create some hands-on activities that you can all take part in together. You should also bear in mind that children have fairly short attention spans, so try and make these activities as quickly as possible. That way, the kids won’t get bored and start to complain too much!
Have A Positive Mental Attitude
Working with kids can be very surprising at times, and you might end up in a situation that you never expected you would end up in! The best way to get through any unexpected situations is to try and keep a positive mental attitude. This can also encourage the kids to relax and be a bit happier in any stressful situations.
Hone Your Storytelling Skills
Kids love a good story. If you have one up your sleeve, then you will be able to get their attention very quickly, even when they are being extremely badly behaved. This is especially good if you are working with disabled kids who might be able to physically join in with activities. If you tell them an exciting story, their interest will be piqued, and they will feel like part of the gang again!
It’s true that working with children can be very difficult. But, hopefully, all of these tips can make it a lot easier for you to handle on a day to day basis!