3 Things I Do When I Work With Kids

April 17, 2018

 

I am inspired by the C.S Lewis quote, “Children are not a distraction from more important work.  They are the most important work.” 
 

I absolutely love this quote and believe it to be 100% true.
 

Working with children is one of the greatest privileges I could ever imagine having.  I see working with children as an opportunity to love, nurture, inspire and help shape their future lives.
 

Each time I come into contact with a child I want it to be a positive experience for them.  In order to help this happen there are 3 things I endeavor to do. 
 

It’s not always possible to do all 3 things every time and for every child, particularly when working with larger groups of kids.  But I do it as often as I can, for as many children as I can.   

  

Here are the 3 things...
 

1)  I find something good to say to a child.
Whenever I come into contact with a child, I am always on the lookout for something I can compliment them on.  It could be about a cool shirt they are wearing or a ribbon in their hair.  Or it could be about something they have done.  Whatever it is, I want to tell them something I like about them at least once during our time together.

 

2)  I find something out about the child.
Whenever I come into contact with a child, I like to learn something about them.  It could be something they like, somewhere they are going, or have been.  It could be about a favourite pet, sports or superhero.  It doesn’t matter what it is. I just want one thing that I can talk to them about the next time we meet.

 

3)  I find something good to say about the child.
Whenever I spend time with a child, I am always on the lookout for something positive about the child I can mention to their parents if/when I see them.  It could be how they interacted with another child, something interesting they said, or something they did for the first time. 
It can be a challenge, particularly if the child has been misbehaving.  But if I can find at least one positive thing to pass onto the parents it can do several things.  Firstly, it shows the parents I care about their child. It also shows the parents I care about my work.  Finally, it helps to build trust.  Trust is a hugely important commodity when it comes to working with children.  No trust = No future. 

 

So, that’s what I do...

 

It would take an encyclopedia to fully explain why I do what I do.  In short though, I do these things to show that I genuinely care. 

 

As the old saying goes, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” 

 

I want to have a positive influence on the lives of the children and parents I come into contact with.  I am certain it’s the genuine care I demonstrate that will make it possible.  

 

© Ian McIntosh 2018

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