Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Return of the Iron Fist: Child Management Part 2

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6 comments:

  1. Okay - you are hilarious, effective, hilarious, articulate, hilarious, and oh so right.

    I love this.

    And I also want to come to your library and pet Longfellow.

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  2. Hi Arielle,
    Thanks for commenting and as always for reading. Do you find yourself working with children, or do you think you will, with your MSW? My sister interned at a refugee services center and works in foster care; she definitely has a philosophy that works for her. What are some tricks you have up your sleeve? :)

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  3. Great post. I definately find that Walk Please works much better than don't, unless of course the child in question doesn't speak English.

    I love it when I am trying to do a homework or RA interview with a child and the parent keeps jumping in with the answer, especially when I am addressing the child by name or looking directly at them and not the parent when asking questions.

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  4. Hi Julie! I'm so happy you enjoyed this post. It can be tough if you're dealing with someone who has not yet learned English, and often you can't tell that's what you're dealing with. I've also been a fan of the Two Reminders To Walk Then I Tackle the Kid approach, where you step right in front of them and catch them :) One more in my arsenal that I hate to use, but it's worked 100% of the time when I have.

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  5. I use "walk please" quite a bit, and have developed a bit of a quick draw when I hear running feet! Lately though, I have amended it with little ones with "or you can skip if you like", since that usually requires a lot of though, slows them down, and is fun!

    My biggest thing when talking to children in the library is I make sure to use the volume I want them to use. It's an old psychology trick, and I use that volume to politely let kids and parents know "talking is ok, we just require indoor voice" because I find whispering to be a lot more troublesome!

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  6. Hi Monica! Oh yeah it really is so funny, when kids come in and ask a question at the desk and they want to be polite so they whisper. I'm always like, "uh, WHAT?" but I really say,"Can you speak up a little?"

    ... then I realize they're just trying to follow what they understand is "Library Rules"! It's always cute when I let them know an indoor voice is okay. They're so surprised, as if I just said that it's okay to eat chocolate bars for breakfast after all.

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