It can be really useful for school staff to check in with themselves each day on their journey in to school and ask themselves ” How am I feeling? What am i bringing with me to work today?” This enables them to identify their own thoughts and feelings before they arrive and start absorbing the thoughts and feelings of the children they work with. This increased self-awareness may result in an ability to stay more in tune with themselves and result in them being more emotionally available for the children, an essential skill when working with children who are managing difficult thoughts and feelings themselves.
- The importance of good working relationships
- Not making assumptions about children’s understanding
- My needs don’t matter – the danger of children being people pleasers
- Is this child “having a drama” or is it a lack of resilience?
- From snatching to sharing…..the benefits of emotionally focused group work