Parents’ jobs and schedules make a difference in your job and schedule. If they need to go to work very early, you need to go to work very early. If they have a difficult day a work, you will notice. If they are having problems at home, you will notice that, too. You might notice that they are not paying for the childcare on time. They might complain to you that they can never get everything done. Or they might look stressed or depressed.
Your job is to take care of children, but you might be able to help the parents, too. You cannot give therapy, but you can give support. You cannot teach them everything they need to know about time management or finances, but you might be able to help them get information about those things. Parents who can handle time, money, and emotions well will do a better job taking care of children. That will make your job easier, too.
The first step is to understand issues
that parents and families face. The articles in this section will give
you some of that information. We also will give you ideas about supporting
parents and families in difficult life situations. As a childcare provider,
you see only a part of each family’s life. Providers need to respect
the family’s privacy. But caring for their child is a very private
thing, too. You can care for the children and support the parents.
Sensitively with Parents
Children from Child Abuse
For more information, contact Judith A. Myers-Walls, PhD, CFLE at firstname.lastname@example.org
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