Bonding with Hard-To-Reach Families
October 10, 2012
A few ideas to help you bond with hard-to-reach families:
- Offer to meet families on neutral ground. Some are uncomfortable coming to school and some don’t care for home visits. I have met at McDonald’s, the library, even at the park.
- Invite the family for an activity or event. They may be willing to come in to do something for the child and his class. Grab a few minutes to chat as you are thanking them for coming.
- Tell the family that you want their advice. This can level the playing field and make them feel valued.
- Ask a family member to share their hobby or job with the class. Chat afterwards.