How can I get parents involved in helping their child reach developmental goals?
Talk about the Goals! Let the parents know some of the broader goals you plan to address this enrollment year and determine if they are the same goals and/or expectations they have in mind for their child. If not, let parents share their goals and wishes for their child, make notes, and let them know you will work toward those goals. However, if the goals are not realistic expectations based on the child’s developmental age, you will need to let the parents know what you can do to set the stage for mastering that particular goal. This is important, because often time parents have unrealistic expectations of what their child can do. However, by talking about goals and expectations you are setting the stage, making it easier to approach parents to assist you with meeting the mutual goals set for the child at the beginning of year. This will also help reduce opposition to try different home strategies when needed.