When you watch children playing in your center, are you pleased with what you see? When you LISTEN to the children, are you happy with what you hear?
This has always been the most eye-opening experience of my professional life. How about for you?
Watching children play and interact with other children is a mirror of what they have seen adults do and say during their young lives. They “act” like mom, dad, grandma, etc. does and says. And, they act and speak like you and your staff act and speak.
And guess what? If we carry this a step farther, our staff members also often act and talk like we do. YIKES!
If you don’t put much emphasis on a task or a rule, then they don’t either. If you are short and unfocused in your interactions with them, they treat others the same way.
So, what does this all mean for you and me today?
We Are Their Role Models
We will never get away with expecting people to “do as I say, not as I do.” In fact, reality is the exact opposite. Children and staff will do as you do, not what you tell them to do.
We MUST act the way we want others to act: attentive; passionate; professional; loving; focused on children flourishing.
We must talk the way we want others to talk: respectfully; enthusiastic; appropriate level of vocabulary; engaging.
It’s sort of like Simon Says. People unconsciously follow the leader.
There is a good news – bad news to this fact.
The bad news is – they replicate you even when you are not putting your best foot forward.
The good news is – it’s not that hard to get people to copy your great enthusiasm and professionalism.
In summary: It’s up to you to be the RIGHT Model to those who are watching you – all of the children, staff, and parents.