The Benefits of Good Communication
Children benefit when parents and teachers work together and establish good communication. Children have a better chance of being successful when teachers listen to parents, and parents listen to teachers. Two-way communication is crucial. It is important that reactions, needs, and expectations are shared. Information that is shared is more reliable.
Good communication between parents and teachers increases trust. When expectations are discussed, they are more likely to be achieved. Realistic plans for a child can be developed and implemented. Parents and teachers become committed to helping the child improve.
Sometimes talking with parents can be difficult, especially if they are angry, upset, or frustrated. It is hard to keep your temper and not get emotional. Here are some tips on how to skillfully communicate and not get caught up in emotional, ineffective conversations.
First, it is most important to not take a parent’s anger personally. Most likely, the parent is not angry with you, but frustrated with the situation. Take a moment to clear your head, breathe deeply, and begin by speaking calmly.
Let the parent vent his/her anger and talk it all out. You might have to listen for quite some time, but most of the time, all the parent really wants is to be heard. You do not have to agree with what is said, you just need to listen attentively. Ask for more information about the problem and demonstrate interest in what the parent has to say.