Involving and communicating with parents are an important part of your ministry. Communication is also the biggest hurdle we face in the church.  Here are 10 suggestions to remember when communicating with parents.

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  1. COMMUNICATING POLICIES AND EXPECTATIONS
  • Provide policies
  • Know what is expected – be on time, pick up, don’t abdicate their parental duty, don’t let them call you mom
  • Parent volunteer throughout the year
  1. COMMUNICATING AT THE DOOR OF THE ROOM
  • Let parents be parents
  • Face to Face – parent and teacher
  • Door closed! – So children can’t just walk out
  • Don’t teach alone! Safety of kids and teachers
  • Separation Anxiety – Parents need to see welcome.
  • Toys from home in a basket
  1. COMMUNICATING WITH NOTES AND LETTERS
  • Inform parents – “What they are up on, they won’t be down on.”
  • Do you like knowing the night before?
  • Wristband notes
  1. COMMUNICATING WITH PHONE CALLS AND TEXTS
  • Send encouragement
  • Text photos and phrases
  • Some directors don’t allow phones because of teacher abuse from texting and calling when they should be teaching
  1. COMMUNICATING ABOUT THEIR CHILD’S SPECIAL DAY
  • Birthdays
  • New baby sibling
  1. COMMUNICATING WITH PROGRAMS
  • Programs in your room
  • Programs in your church
  1. COMMUNICATING AT PARENT MEETINGS
  • Parent/Teacher meetings
  • Pediatrician – Question & Answer meetings
  • Involve people – Committees (If not, they will gripe)
  • Set a time schedule and time limit
  1. COMMUNICATING REGARDING DIFFICULTIES
  • It will happen! Bumps and Bites.
  • Begin and end with something good
  • Discuss difficulties face to face
  • Make parent right about what she is right about
  • Share an idea/ solution to help.
  1. COMMUNICATING IN HOME VISITS
  2. COMMUNICATING ABOUT THE CHURCH
  • Involve Adult Sunday School leadership

 

One of the best ways to help a child is to help his home.  Communicate with parents.  What other suggestion would you add to this list?

Unwrapped Conference August 5- www.mrmarksclassroom.com/unwrapped

Kid’s Min 411 (Free Conference) April 11- www.mrmarksclassroom.com/411

 

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