Building Relationships with Parents & Families

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Regardless of the capacity in which you work with children, it is very important to know how to build relationships with parents and families. This lesson gives you some ideas on how to go about this crucial task.

Why Parent and Family Relationships Count

Are you someone who works with children or adolescents? If so, then you might already know how important it is to connect deeply with parents and families. Whether you are a teacher, guidance counselor, or social worker, the young people under your care will benefit tremendously from a sense of consistency, or continuity and sameness, between home and school. It also helps young people to see that the different and sometimes very diverse adults in their lives care about and trust one another. Finally, you might find that relationships with parents and other family members actually help you understand children better, and you will be greatly enriched by this understanding.

However, building relationships with parents and families can take time and patience. It is not necessarily something that happens overnight. This lesson gives you some concrete ideas to help you build these relationships.

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