Something I want for my kids is for them to be loved. Just as I crave relationships of my own, I also long for healthy relationships for my children. With a little effort we can begin to build healthy, positive, loving relationships with the kids we interact with at Selah.
10 Tips for Building Relationships with Kids
1. Smile and make eye contact.
2. When talking to little kids it is important to physically get down to their level.
3. Use appropriate physical contact:
b. If they like hugs, give a side hug
c. Sit beside them (avoid having children sit on your lap).
4. Send a positive note home. It doesn’t need to be big. Each week send a sticky note home with one child. Share and acknowledge their efforts this week.
5. Follow a child’s lead during playtime. Let them take you into their imaginative world of play.
6. Share appropriate information about yourself that you have in common with little Annie.
7. Remember the kid’s name. You can even go a step further and remember their mom’s name too.
8. Learn about the kids you are working with. Listen with appreciative ears to what they are telling you. Over a snack, find out about their preferences. When they are playing games watch how they interact with others.
9. Look for opportunities to praise the kids you are working with.
10. Protect their self-esteem/dignity. Do your best not to embarrass these little girls and boys. Correct in a quick, quiet, and private manner.
Jesus cherished and valued the children of this world. How can you extend that same love today?
Jesus Welcomes Children
13 Then the people brought their little children to Jesus so he could put his hands on them and pray for them. His followers told them to stop, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people who are like these children.”