Gentle Teaching Stories:
“I love to see the impact we have on people’s lives.”
August 31, 2022/inBlog, Gentle Teaching, Stories
Gentle Teaching has truly transformed the person I aspire to be. I had never heard of this philosophy prior to joining COR. Now, it is a value I have and will take with me through life.
I live this philosophy daily through the culture at COR, but also at home as a husband and father and all other relationships as well. I utilize this philosophy with my two young kids who are ages one and four. Both kids at times show challenging behaviours in which I show support for them in times of distress. This is one way where my belief of developing the personal connection, working constructively with emotions, creating the culture of hope to further develop their personal qualities, and how I try to model this teaching method in everything I do to continually be that role model in their lives. Through conversations with Michael and Ben, I feel that I have learned so much about what Gentle Teaching looks like in practice.
For example, my one year old has not yet learned to speak. Therefore, to communicate he often points to items or babbles trying to say the first letter of the word. With him, I strive to create connections, using eye contact, creating that warmth through hugs and positive interactions. If I am not able to understand what he is trying to communicate, on occasion he will melt down and become frustrated. I then get down to his level, picking him up, and being there for him. He is just figuring out his body and strength. I try to nurture positive physical behaviours like throwing a ball, walking, and have fun with splashing in the tub. Gentle Teaching has really given me a different perspective on so many things, while giving me even more patience and empathy to meet everyone where they are.
It is honestly difficult to put into words how much Gentle Teaching has impacted myself as a parent. Getting rid of those unnecessary power struggles and stopping to respond rather than react during times of struggle is something that has had a big impact on myself and my family.
I have learned so much about Gentle Teaching from supports and interactions with co-workers and how it really is a way of being. I love working for COR and to see the impact we have on people’s lives. I look for these qualities in the people we hire so we can continue to be that unique organization and truly be a family that we have intentionally created through everything we do.
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