Supernannies & Teachers Share Some of the Same Tricks
Guest post from Monica Jones of SoFamilyOnline.com
As a Special Education Preschool Teacher, I know firsthand what it means to give invaluable service, love and education to children and their families. What I've realized over the years is that supernannies share some of the same qualities as teachers. We even share some of the same tricks. I call the methods we use to calm and bring structure to children's lives tricks. The best part is that we can learn from each other, because as a teacher and as a supernanny, you're learning every day.
Parents often tell me some of the difficulties they face at home with their children, and when they come to observe me they always ask, "How can I do that at home?" So, why do our tricks work and sometimes parents' don't? Well, for teachers as well as supernannies it comes from years of experience dealing with multiple personalities and their unexpected actions. It's all about trial and error, something we both put to the test daily.
I've watched supernannies on television, spoken to some and have actually watched them in action and yes, they have many tricks up their sleeves. I've even turned on the television a few times to learn a few tricks. You may have noticed that we both use that soothing voice that can calm many children. I always pull that trick out, because you must always stay calm in situations.
I often use the options trick and I've seen this one done by a supernanny. When children can't decide or they're having a few difficulties, give them options. I only give two options and then give them time to process it and come up with their decision, never hound them for their answer. Children love making decisions. Oh, and the classic redirection trick, which I use daily, is another trick we share. I had two students arguing over whose turn it was during a board game. Well, instead of telling them to stop arguing, I just simply picked up the dice and asked, "Who goes after me?" When I asked that question it stopped them in their tracks because they had to think about the answer. After a little discussion about the order of players we were back to playing the game and we didn't focus on the arguing.
These jobs are not as easy as they look, but they are rewarding at the same time. I enjoy helping children become the best they can be and reaching their full potential. Each day brings new joys and challenges in my line of work, but I vow to use all of my tricks for good and to continue educating children and families through teaching. I can't wait to see what tricks America's Supernanny, Deb Tillman, has up her sleeve. I'll definitely be taking notes.
Check out my review of "America's Supernanny" and tune in to the new series Tuesdays at 9/8c on Lifetime.