Smart Ways To Work Around Curious Young Minds
Importance of Staying Calm
“A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.” Author Unknown
I am writing my blog from a teacher and a mother’s perspective as I do have experiences of being on both sides of the table. My reason for writing this is to give some helpful ways for upcoming teachers to smoothly conduct their classrooms (parents as well for managing the situations at home). “Staying Calm” is another very important technique in hyped situations. Whenever we as teachers are facing a child throwing tantrums, it’s foremost important for us to maintain calm. And again, it is not an easy job, but staying calm is of utmost importance in that situation. The technique I highly recommend is “Deep Breathing”. Believe me, it was not easy for me as well in the beginning, but slowly with conscience effort, I mastered that art. Not only did I learn that as a teacher, but I tried and instilled that in my students as well.
I had incorporated “Deep Breathing Exercises” into my daily routines in my classroom. I also discussed its importance with them. Children are adaptive and easily moldable at this age. Throwing tantrums or getting upset is natural at this tender age of 2–5, as this is their language of getting things done in their ways. To help them, it is we who have to stay calm and firm. Children do understand our body language, and they test us to the full extent. If we are successful in managing ourselves to stay “Calm and Firm”, we have won half the battle. Always go to the “Eye Level” for that particular child, and ask why are they feeling that way or doing that way, in an age-appropriate language. Listen carefully to the child, we should not just dismiss them, as they do have an ego as well, and always remember that they are in the most formative years of their development in every possible way. Ask an upset child to deep breath, and tell them that they are not in any trouble and that they can take their own time. This whole process would strengthen the trust relationship between you both. Once they are ready to talk, give them some parallel examples and how they can convey their feelings to their friends, siblings, or teachers differently.
We should always take into great consideration that we are the role model for children. Children at young stages learn more through modeling their parents, teachers, siblings, and peers. Therefore, we as teachers have a great responsibility to handle situations in the correct manner, and that is the only way we can help them to build their characters in the right way.