Tips For Women Working With Children Who Are Not Their Own

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Not everybody is cut out to work with children. Though there are many different jobs out there that require that you work with children, it’s important that you know that each job has different requirements and pressures. A woman working with elementary students will face challenges much different than a woman working with high schoolers or a woman working with children in a daycare or nannying type setting.

Every child is unique and is being or has been raised in an environment that contrasts the environment you set up in your work setting. You might hold children to a different standard than they’re used to at home and so you’re going to get children who act out, talk back, and make your life difficult. But you’re also going to have those amazing children that are the reason why you do what you do.

Are you a woman who is navigating the ever changing waters of working with children who are not your own?  Here are some tips you might be able to implement to make things go smoother when there are rough seas.

Don’t Underestimate Training

When dealing with children, there are a lot of practical things you need to know how to do. For instance, if you’re a nanny, you run a daycare, or you find yourself in other situations where you have to tend to the needs of a human being who is unable to tend to themselves, you’ll be happy to have the proper training under your belt.

This could be training with an emphasis on newborns, or  it could be handling toddler boys.  It could be special training on CPR for infants. Whatever your realm of work, don’t underestimate training.   Going in prepared is a lot less stressful than learning a lesson on the spot.

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Use the Right Form of Discipline

Discipline is a challenging topic to talk about nowadays. For years, nuns would physically spank their students in catholic school with paddles.  But times have changed and many people don’t believe in discipline at at. No discipline creates unruly children and situations, so it’s important to have discipline and rules.  But it’s also important to get to know your children to know what kind of discipline they learn from.

Refrain from anything hands on or physical.  But don’t be afraid to take away liberties and things that the children like to do to prove a point. You aren’t a parent, but you are the guardian for the time frame that you have them.  And when you’re responsible to teach and shepherd, you can’t do that without rules in place.

Working with children who are not your own presents its challenges, but it’s also extremely rewarding, so don’t give up hope. Find the good, and implement rules and reward good behavior.


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