Gentle Teaching has taught me many new skills and has shown me a different way of interacting with people. The main skill Gentle Teaching has taught me is patience. I am more aware of how fast-paced I often live my life. Working with the ladies I support has taught me to be more present in the moment and to slow down.
There are times when a person is constantly on the go and there are times where we just relax and hangout. I have become more aware to be engaged in both situations and that it is fine if we aren’t always doing something all the time. I am also more patient while we do things, allowing more time for an activity and moving slower so that the person does not feel rushed and are able to enjoy themselves.
I am also more aware of my tone of voice and the words I use, as well as how I arrange the words I use. I have become more careful with my tone of voice because I have discovered that it can completely change the way a conversation goes. Occasionally, I am quick to respond and do not pay attention to my tone, so it is quick and harsh even though I do not intend it to be. By slowing my thoughts and working through how to word what I am saying, I also tune in to what I will sound like when I say it. Changing my tone and wording my sentences differently have helped me greatly. I feel I can better help the person in times when they are feeling anxious if I keep my tone light and friendly.