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ERIC Number: EJ881318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Stepping out of Our Comfort Zone: Strategies for Addressing Conflicts with Parents
Sudarsana, Madhavi
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n192 p46-48 Mar-Apr 2010
Dealing with angry, upset, or dissatisfied parents can elicit a range of uncomfortable feelings in teachers. The angry parent might be interpreted as a threat. Early childhood educators usually see themselves as nurturing, kind people and generally don't like confrontations. To stay in their comfort zone, they might avoid situations that need to be addressed. Avoiding situations that demand their attention can make them less effective in their jobs and ultimately impacts the quality of their relationships with others and the quality of their program. Learning how to handle their emotions and address the needs of parents who come to them for help is one way that they demonstrate their professionalism and commitment to the children they serve. This article provides a number of specific strategies for addressing conflicts with parents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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