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Family Dynamics

INTERCULTURAL EXPERIENCES AND HOW THEY CAN LEAD TO PARENT-EDUCATOR PARTNERSHIP CHALLENGES

In a truly open and trusting relationship between educators and families, it is possible that educators could be approached by families regarding their home dynamics that could affect the child, but that may not, and don’t always need be shared with the educators. For example, if parents choose to share that they are entering into an open partnership, separating, or exploring their sexualities, etc., it is important that the educators listen non-judgementally and thank the families for the information. If what they are doing sounds like they are appropriately thinking of the child, then nothing more needs to be said. However, if they ask for advice on any aspects of their family dynamics, it is important only to impart information in regards to the child’s settling in, their abilities to adapt and to understand their potentially changing situation.