A few weeks ago my co-teachers we gone, not at the same time, one right after the other. I have to say it’s hard being down a co- teacher. The quality of my care just drops and drops and drops. I was worrying about everything and finally my fiancé said to me “that seems like a lot of energy you’re putting into worrying.” He’s right! Why waste my energy worrying when I could use it to be a better educarer? Changing my perspective on how to use my energy and time, changed everything!
I had another powerful perspective changing moment last week. A child woke up from nap pretty upset and started crying for a long time. I admit that I was annoyed, I have to remind myself that crying is supposed to be an irritant, it’s supposed to grab out attention. As I listened to the crying continue on and on, I thought about the child and how their week had been. My perspective on the situation changed I went from thinking this is so annoying TO this child is REALLY calling out for attention. Since I changed my perspective I was able to walk over to the child, pick them up and just hold them. Eventually, I started talking to the child calmly and they were able to tell me what was wrong. Changing my perspective allowed me to be more emotionally responsive than I have been in a long time!
If you’re feeling like you’re in a rut, grumpy or getting frustrated with a child easily, try changing your perspective. This might help you rethink how to respond, how to use your energy more efficiently and be, over all, more respectful.
On a side note: Changing your perceptive isn’t always easy to do. It’s helpful if you have people in your life that can reflect with you on situations. I’d love to be that person if you’re looking for one 🙂