Teaching Children and Parents to Be at Their Best

By Julie M.

Children-and-ParentsMy husband, Brad, and I were blessed 2.5 years ago with the birth of our first little girl, “A”. Like any new parents we were petrified and excited all at the same time, and we certainly weren’t ready for the conversion that happens once that baby enters the world. We had read every book, consulted with every parent we knew and wanted to make sure we did everything “exactly right.”

Fast-forward a couple years and many learning experiences later, we’ve survived infancy and the early stages of toddlerhood thanks to the teaching approach The School of Grace (Grace) parent-participatory school has shown us.

Most every parent I’ve ever met wants their children to receive the best care and education. We aren’t any different. We are fortunate enough to have Brad be the primary caretaker of “A”, as we juggle his work schedule and my full-time corporate job. This allows one of us to be with our daughter and stay active and involved with The School of Grace on a regular basis.Continue reading

Building Relationships with Gentleness & Honesty

Parent Education Series

by Lynn Hess, Director

 Building Relationships with Gentleness and HonestyAt The School of Grace, we carefully consider how our reactions, as adults, help children build healthy relationships. For example, if a child hits another child, we stop the action, focus on the child who was hurt, then address the conflict. If the children are verbal, we ask each child what happened and listen to their explanation. Our purpose is not to blame and punish. Our purpose is to help the children mend their relationship and resolve potential issues in the future.

We tell the children to look at the other child, notice his/her facial expressions and listen to their words. We then reiterate what we have heard, saying something similar to, “Joe doesn’t like it when you hit him. Touch Joe gently”. Then we wait for that action to happen. Afterwards, we guide the children, saying, “When you want a toy from Joe, ask him, then wait until he is finished”. We follow this with, “Joe, when you are finished, give the toy to your friend.”Continue reading