So, I realize I don’t actually have a lot of time to blog. In that case my blogs may be a few days away from when they happened in actuality. Who knows, that may make them better.
I work with children who have many different challenges. My heart is drawn to those who have a physical and developmental disability, but I really appreciate each child as they are.
When working with children who have behaviour, I have to maintain a structured environment, not be swayed by general child stuff, catch out bursts before they happen and redirect. Redirection is key!!! I especially have to ignore all the funny things that they say that are true. They are sometimes funny at the time and sometimes not.
Marjorie: Sit down; eat your lunch (in a firm voice).
Child: You’re a poo poo head.
Marjorie’s thought: Ha-ha, no, my head is not made out of poo.
Child: You have a big bum!
Marjorie’s thought: Why, yes I do have a big bum, ha-ha. You shouldn’t be looking there.
Child: You are not being very nice and I don’t like when you do that.
Marjorie’s thought: Your right, I am not being nice and I wouldn’t like me either if I was talked to the way I have to talk to you sometimes. But, you need to try and help me, because I am on your side.
The Marjorie thoughts are all the things I kinda want to say but can’t. Also, these words are usually paired with fun behaviour antics that need to be resolved. Am I the bad guy, I don’t think so. I think I need to think something funny in my head to make me laugh at the situation so I can carry on being direct, firm and give guidance. Just a thought.