Dealing With Parents. Overview. Problem Parent Scenarios Absent parents Helicopter parents Pushy parents Strategies Consistent boundaries Communication techniques Teaming with parents. Problem Parent Scenarios. Absent Parents. You see the Pathfinder but not the parents
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Overview • Problem Parent Scenarios • Absent parents • Helicopter parents • Pushy parents • Strategies • Consistent boundaries • Communication techniques • Teaming with parents
Absent Parents • You see the Pathfinder but not the parents • Trouble collecting money • Late to pick up Pathfinder • No consent form • You have to run to the parking lot after a meeting to speak with them
Helicopter Parents • Tend to hover • Want to come on campouts but they are not staff • Show up at Pathfinder parties and eat food • Tend to smother their kids (kids want to get away from them!)
Pushy Parents • Try to get special favors or advantages for their kids • Want their kids to be in with an older age group • Want their 11 or 12 year old to go on teen events • Want their kids to be in a specific car/tent/room
Consistent Boundaries • Maintain deadlines • Don’t bend age restrictions • Leave on time even if it means leaving someone behind • No consent form? No go!
Communication • “I Can Understand Why You Feel This Way” • “In Fact, Others Have Felt The Same Way” • “Here’s What We’ve Discovered” • Use many forms of communication
Teaming with Parents • For some reason, all kids have parents • Parents sometimes need to be trained, but once trained can be a wonderful asset • Most staff will be parents