Cultural Aspects to Working with Families: Best Practices for Working with Families

What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the readings and video in this module?  Identify your source (readings or video) as you develop the list.

Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?

 

126 thoughts on “Cultural Aspects to Working with Families: Best Practices for Working with Families”

  1. The best practices for working with families who have infants from the reading in this module:
    Im, Parlakian, & Sanchez (2007) They stated that infant teachers should talk to families about their cultural practices, traditions, and beliefs because it would make parents feel valued. We have to stay open and accept the different ways of caring without judging. Sharing information about your own culture, beliefs, and practices may encourage families to discuss their own culture with you. Along the way you can ask questions and listen closely without judging.

    1. Madeline — Thanks for sharing your comments in this activity. I wonder, what should teachers do with the knowledge they gain — the cultural practices, traditions, & beliefs that families share?

  2. The best practices that I learned this week for working with children and families in a diverse classroom is to be open. It is so important as a teacher/caregiver to be understanding of the family’s values and the way they are choosing to raise their child. As a teacher it is not our job to change what the parent is doing only to help, if the parent likes their child having a bottle past the age of 2, let the child have the bottle, you are not responsible for making those types of decisions for the child. You have to also be understanding and respectful in order to do this, always treat the parents and child kindly.

  3. What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the readings and video in this module? Identify your source (readings or video) as you develop the list.

    Answer: Some of the best practices is to know the parents culture and be open to them before trying to judge them or go against their cultural belief. Using One of the videos cultural conpetency as we watched this video we could see that Jo and Judy define the importante of culture when you are an educador and how you can work with parents including those differences.

    Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?

    Answer: It works the same way for families with infants, because this talks about families in general so the best of their kids educational developement.

  4. The best practices that I learned from this week module was that you have to be understanding and open minded to the diversity within the classroom . Teachers must be responsively willing to accommodate the desires the parents have for their child in the classroom . In addition , to meeting the developmental needs of the children . According to Gonzalez – Mena(2000) it is important to incorporate a child’s culture and reflective thinking when creating a lesson plan for the best results of a child’s growth . Parents are also likely to be more grateful and pleased with the child’s teacher .

    We can apply this to infants by engaging with families , getting to know each child personally in order to accommodate their preferences and styles of learning , and we can do trail and error to see what works most effectively for the children in the classroom .

    1. Jayda — Thanks for sharing your comments in this activity. I wonder, how can infant teachers be open & understanding to diversity in the classroom? I wonder, how can an infant teacher use reflective thinking in relation to culture? I wonder, how should infant teachers engage families and get to know each child?

  5. The best practice for working with families is having a discussion with the families and children, to inform yourself what is the best way to teach their child. Also to read about the families culture and inform yourself too so that the caregiver can be carful in what they are teaching the children. The caregiver most of all has to be open minded and listen to the families about how and what they want them to teach their children.

    1. Karen — Thanks for your comment in this activity. I wonder, what would an infant teacher discuss with the family? I wonder, how can an infant teacher be open-minded?

  6. What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the readings and video in this module? Identify your source (readings or video) as you develop the list.

    The best practices for working with families who have infants from the readings I have learned the importance of cultural sensitivity. According to Gonzalez – Mena(2000), some caregivers find it hard to be sensitive and responsive to parents who do things that conflict with their values, beliefs, and understandings.

    Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?

    I would like to apply the information to families who have infants because children should follow their culture. Teachers and families should encourage children to respect their culture.

  7. What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the readings and video in this module? Gonzalez-Mena and Bhavnagri 2000 article discuss teachers developing culture sensitivity. Using reflective thinking is helpful because teachers can take a step back before coming across as judgmental. In the article Im, Parlakain and Sanchez 2007 it highlights self-knowledge. Teachers recognizing that their childhood experience have an influence on their beliefs when it comes to babies and families is important in striving to be a successful educator. You want your parents to feel valued, so you establish a relationship and ask questions about their beliefs and family culture. Home visits are important on getting a in dept look and feel from the families of infants.

    1. Ari — Thanks for sharing your comments in this activity. I wonder, what should an infant teacher do with the info about a family’s beliefs & culture? We will be diving into home visits very soon!

  8. The best practices for working with families who have infants from the readings is to be able to gather as much information as possible about their cultural background so that the caregivers be aware of how to properly approach a child in their program. There are many ways teachers can work with families and learn about what their values, beliefs and routines are regarding their child. Dismissing and disregarding families practices and routines it’s letting them know that they’re not being valued and respected it. Giving the opportunity to know families and their children is being able gain knowledgeable information about them.

    1. Juana — Thanks for sharing your comments in this activity. I wonder, what should infant teacher do with info about a family’s values, beliefs, and routines?

  9. What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the reading and video in this module? Identify your source (reading or video) as you develop the list.
    In the video, “Cultural Competency” I learned that infant teachers must always clarify enrollment processes and continue to have an open relationship with families in order to make sure families understand because there can be things that prevent them due to who they are.
    Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?
    In an article, “Diversity and Infant/Toddler Caregiving” I learned that it is important to use reflective thinking in order to come up with solutions to cultural differences with families. It is important to use reflective thinking so both parties can be satisfied and feel like their beliefs have value but most importantly support the goal of a healthy child’s development.

    1. Marisol — Thanks for sharing your comments in this activity. I wonder, how does reflective thinking help infant teachers identify solutions to cultural differences with families?

  10. What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the reading and video in this module? Identify your source (reading or video) as you develop the list.

    the best practice when working with families is creating home visits so that you can know their cualture and even ask personal information on the child.

    1. Guadalupe — Thanks for your comment in this activity. Home visits are a powerful tool to learn about a family’s culture. I wonder, how can home visits support culturally informed teaching and cultural competency?

  11. Cultural competency is the best practice for dealing with families with infants based on the texts and video in this module. Caregiving habits can differ significantly amongst cultures (Gonzalez-Mena and Bhavnagri) (2000).  In this case, dialogue and communication are also essential. A caregiver should ask inquiries of the family in order to acquire a better knowledge of how the child is being raised in terms of customs and beliefs. Reflective thinking skills can also assist the caregiver and family in providing better care for the kid and each other. The caregivers can also share their knowledge with the family in order to help them better understand one another and collaborate for the child’s optimal care and outcomes (Gonzalez-Mena & Bhavnagri) (2000)

    1. Mehnaz — Thanks for your thoughtful comment in this activity. I wonder, how can a teacher use self-knowledge, reflective thinking, cultural competency, and culturally informed teaching when working with families who engage in caregiving practices that differ amongst — and within — cultures?

  12. What are the best practices for working with families who have infants from the readings and video in this module? Identify your source (readings or video) as you develop the list.

    Your reading may have described families of older children; how can you apply the information to families who have infants?

    The best practices for working with families who have infants from this module is that there might be certain agreements and disagreements families might have with the teachers about certain policies with cultures. According to the reading, if a family doesn’t agree with a policy, try to explain to them in a polite way they can understanding without and judgement. Also in the video, Judy talked about values and beliefs which is important. Sometimes they can be in a predicament to understand what it is like for families and what it might feel like for families to come into their services.

  13. the best practices ur self knowledge because you need to understand and learn about other peoples cultures. The families that we will be getting we need to learn how to practice their culture and also learn about their culture so we can help their children what is their own culture.

  14. the best practices for working with infant toddlers and their families would be home visits and consistent follow-ups with the children individually and their families, this allows the child’s development progress to be monitored by the parents while their child is being cared for in school but also keeps the parents updated on their childhood.

  15. The best practices for working with infant toddlers is to learn about different cultures and adapt to change. In the video it talks bout values and beliefs and why it’s important. I feel like this shows parents you are interested in getting to know the family on a deeper level.

  16. Wow, awesome weblog structure! How lengthy have you been running a blog
    for? you make running a blog glance easy. The full look of your site
    is excellent, let alone the content!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *