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De-Stress Before You Distress

Lesleigh Keetch

Pressure's Off With Parents

Follow these tried-and-true ways to keep communication clear and friendly with parents.

  • Listen. It's not uncommon for parents to ask you for advice on topics completely unrelated to your ministry. Be open. Let parents know it's okay to ask questions. If you're swamped, make an appointment with parents for the next week. And don't be afraid to ask a parent for time to respond to difficult questions.
  • Communicate. Newsletters and notes home help with communication. Keep all communication short, specific, and neatly produced.

Confidence Construction

It's easy to have your confidence shaken amid challenges. And shaken confidence can lead to high anxiety.

  • Find a mentor. The best mentors remind you that nobody has all the answers all the time. The most helpful thing a mentor can do is listen, not be judgmental, and ask permission to offer advice. Knowing that another person took time to say that he or she has confidence in you is a great stress reliever.
  • Do your best. Just deal with what God hands you. Come to class prepared. Go the extra mile. Teach by example. And love the kids God has sent you. These key things will set the foundation of your confidence when other issues come up.

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