Love and Logic is a way of teaching and working with kids. If you have not read the book or taken classes, I would highly recommend it. We have begun implementing this kind of teaching and working at my work and the results I have seen are very impressive.
Last weekend, I was talking with a friend who is student teaching and will get her degree soon. She mentioned that those who come to watch her are strict with her about being strict with children. This girl is one of the kindest, sweetest girls I have ever met and I definitely cannot ever imagine her being very strict.
We discussed Love & Logic a little bit and a few things that might help her when she student teaches which has been very effective with working with kids for me. Here are a few things I’ve learned:
- If you make a rule, you have to follow through.
- You cannot back down at any point or else the children may believe that if they push hard enough, you may back down.
- Don’t embarrass the kid by calling them out on something they’ve done wrong in front of others. Instead, take them aside, whisper to them, or let them know you’ll talk to them later.
- Respect the kids.
It takes quite a bit of practice to follow through with the Love & Logic way without reverting back to the old ways of doing things, but once you have it down, it’s amazing how much more the kids listen and respect you and the rules.