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Talking To A Parent
Talking to another parent about their child is often harder then talking to the school. Obviously if you have established a relationship with the other parent communication is easier, however, more often than not you have never talked to them before.
- Just as you love your child, so do they. No matter how angry you are, TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT!
- Figure out the best way you can communicate without being confrontational.
- First ask them if they have the time to talk about a few incidents that are happening between your child and theirs.
- Do not communicate by texting. Studies have shown empathy is diminished when utilizing this type of communication.
- In the conversation, stick to the actions described by your child.
- Do not label their child or their actions.
- Expect their parents to become emotional, above all remain calm.
- Look to create an ally not an enemy.
- If the conversation becomes abusive or incendiary, end the conversation and talk to your school.
- The goal of communication is to help the child committing the bully behavior as well as your own.