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10 Principles of Respect for Toddlers
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1. Involve Infants and Toddlers in things that concern them
Have the child focus on the task at hand rather than giving them something to distract them, keep the child involved and make it a learning experience. Example: Rather than giving a child a toy to distract them you should explain to them what you are doing and talk to them throughout the entire activity, letting them know what is going on and responding to them.
2. Invest in Quality Time
Be fully present as a caregiver, do not have your thoughts elsewhere, focus fully on the child
3. Learn each Child's Unique ways of communicating and teach yours
Communication that goes beyond words. Learn the babies communication of gestures. Adults match their conversation with their body language.
4. Invest Time and Energy to Build a Total Person:
It isn't the clever learning toys that teach the child, it's the day to day activities with the child-diaperings, feedings, toilet training, and free play that contribute to intellectual development. Ex. Diapering can immerse the childin sensory input-visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory.
5. Respect Infants and Toddlers as Worthy People:
Diapering scene is a good example-explaining what you are doing to the child so they know what to expect, talking to the child and giving them your full attention. Or tell a child you are going to pick them up/ letting them come to you and seeking you out for comfort and letting them have that comfort. The example of the child dropping the banana-let the child be upset and let them know you understand
6. Be Honest About your Feelings:
Let the child know if you are upset or angry with them, tell them the effect their actions had on you. Example, when a child spits on you tell them you do not like that and how it made you feel, even walk away, making sure the child is not going back to the bad activity like hitting someone, don't smile while doing this, match your actions to your feelings
7. Model the Behavior You want to teach:
model how you want the child to act. Example: Child hits other child, caregiver goes up to other child and rubs where child was hit and says to be gentle and shows how to be gentle. Also explain why the child needs to act in a certain way. Model gentleness if that is the behavior you wish to teach. You also need to show the children someone will step when someone is hurting them.
8. Recognize Problems as Learning Opportunities, and Let Infant and Toddlers Try to Solve their own:
Same example as last one. Caregiver could have stepped and solved conflict, instead showed the child how to act and why to act that way, that way the child will learn from the situation rather than just being told not to do something.
9. Build Security by Teaching Trust:
Meet needs in a timely manner, when a child knows their need will be met in a timely manner, they will trust the caregiver. Goodbye times are a good example of this. Don't just sneak away even when the child is upset, you need to show the child that you are leaving so the child will not constantly worry that you have snuck away while they were occupied. Don't lie or trick a child even though the child is not always happy about that
10. Be Concerned About the Quality of Development in Each Stage:
Don't just await each milestone, let the child learn by encouraging, you do not constantly need to be teaching the child and rushing them into the next milestone. Have the child do it thoroughly if that is what is needed. Just celebrate crawling for example rather than pushing the child to walk.
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