Assess Your Attitudes
We all have our own attitudes based on our upbringing and backgrounds. It's a good idea to reflect on these when working with the variety of families in your program. These questions may be helpful to you in thinking about your dealings with the diverse families in your program:
>>How comfortable am I working with families with cultural and/or religious backgrounds that may be unfamiliar to me? What are my attitudes about families that do not seem to want to become involved in my classroom?
>>What are my attitudes about engaging families whose day-today rituals and traditions may not be in sync with the daily workings of my classroom?
>>What feelings are called up when a tense situation arises between myself and a parent? For example, is this situation challenging my assumptions about "the right way" to work with children? Is it awakening an issue of my own?