1. Make sure the environment is safe, and prepared for free play.
2. Give children a voice in daily life. For example, plan the course of a day together; choose clothing, food, and room arrangements together with a child.
3. Share information with children: where is the child at the moment, where are you going next, what can the child expect there.
4. Smile frequently at children.
5. Be predictable. Keep promises.
6. Show ways how children can express frustration safely, such as tearing up a newspaper, yelling into a pillow, or running in nature.
7. Help adults understand and communicate with children, and practice advocacy for children.
8. Don’t force a child to hug or kiss anyone.
9. Don’t talk to other adults about the child as if he or she wasn’t there.
10. Avoid taking things from a child’s hands without asking.
11. Avoid altering a child’s painting, drawing, or crafting work to “improve” it. Respect the child’s work as is.
~ BE SOMEONE WHO A CHILD CAN TRUST. ~
Art Work by Sybille Kramer http://sybilletezzelekramer.wordpress.com/