As early childhood professionals, we are the foundation for powerful positive ways in interacting and communicating with our children and families. We live in a very scary society these days. Senseless acts of violence all over the world, some as close as our own backyard. We can be very influential to families who walk through our door daily and entrust their children in our care. The power of positive thinking is essential in our business!
A Challenge For My Fellow Early Childhood Professionals!
We are building the platform for the future! I challenge “YOU” to think of three positives a day; morning, noon, & night, start building your platform. It takes 28 days to form a habit. Start Now! We are role models who should teach positive behaviors and encourage ways for families to practice those positive ways in the home. We place these values of respect, understanding, empathy and compassion in their lives every day. Most people don’t think of families as a culture but they are. They do what they do. We tend to be habit forming humans. We all have our individual beliefs and values. It is pertinent that we are understanding of those values and beliefs while being a positive support to families and children. While respecting others cultures.
Let’s Be Realistic
We are expected to have a smile on our face greeting children & caretakers, parents every morning, no matter what is going on in our personal or professional life. Our profession can oftentimes leave us feeling isolated. The expectations of running our business, creating an enriched learning and loving environment while addressing the emotional needs of not only the children in our care, but oftentimes the parents isn’t always easy.
So, what do we do? We seek affirmations now and again.
When seeking those affirmations, there are some actions that are ill-advised. Have you ever thought of yourself as the CEO of your business? We know that it is not best practice to mix personal & business. It can be a very sticky situation when mixing the two together. It is unproductive and hurtful to your program and business to slip into the habitual lifestyle of rampant whining, judging, and complaining. It becomes so easy to get sucked into the world of misanthropy. Think of it like a contagious disease - ultimately affecting everyone around you.
How Should We Approach the Affirmations We Seek?
We seek connections with other providers, family, community or organizations where we feel accepted, supported and celebrated. Look around your surroundings, there is positivity lurking everywhere; right before your eyes!
Most Importantly - The power of positive thinking can help you.
Some things to consider:
- What's happening negative in your LIFE or business? Will it mean anything to you 5 years from now?
- Some negatives can be trivial and avoided by open lines of communication
- Consider having a positive perspective and be a good role model.
- If you listen to 9 complainers are you going to be the 10th to fuss?
Let’s talk more about communication or addressing the lack of it.
Lack of communication or a simple misunderstand can create negativity within our business.Even though this negativity was inspired by a simple lack of communication it can become harmful, even detrimental. Communication is KEY in our business.
How to solve this?
- Be an active listener and hear what the other person is saying.
- Reflect back:
- What I hear you say is.... Is this what you mean?
- Do you take time to talk to parents individually?
- Are you quick to respond? Sometimes a response is not needed, just a listening ear.
- Do you have quarterly conferences with your families? This is a good time to open those lines of communication! A time to look over those business policies and re-iterate them. This is a time to discuss concerns with families. It is good to always start the conversation off with a positive comment and end with a positive comment. By starting conversations and freely communicating in a positive manner this would resolve the negativity you might be experiencing in your program.
Back to that challenge - Let’s Do This Together.
For 28 days think of something positive three times a day. If you want, share them! We can support each other and affirm our positivity.
Don’t Forget: "Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder. Let the challenges make you strong.” unknown