From the Desk of Gigi Schweikert
Dear Winning Ways Reader and (Family Partner),
As an early childhood professional, I once hide in a closet
to avoid a difficult parent—certainly not one of the shining
moments during my long career working with young
This is me
children. This Winning Ways book on partnering with
families is not full of ideas on how to avoid parents or hide
from them, but how to work well with families and come together,
even when we disagree.
I know that you, like me, would do anything to help a child succeed. We guide
children socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. The interesting thing is
that the best way we can help children learn and grow over the long term is to work
closely with their families.
When I was first teaching, I often thought, “As soon as I can get these parents out of
the room, I can start teaching their children something.” I just didn’t realize that if
I could influence and help a family, I could influence and help a child for a lifetime.
Now I know that partnering with families is good for the parents, the child, and me.
There are still some families that make me want to head for the closet, but now I
better understand that, despite the differences or personalities clashes I might have
with parents, we still have the same goal in mind: how can we help this child?
After you’ve read this Winning Ways book, send me your ideas on how to work with
families and your own closet stories at www.gigischweikert.com.
Children deserve our Winning Ways,