Adults play an important role in supporting children to be healthy, happy, safe and do their best. Today the Imagining Manor Park group adults in their life and what behaviour they would like to see in an adult.
Adults in our family are parents, older brothers and sisters, cousins, grandparents and carers. Adults at school include teachers, PSAs, dinner-ladies and janitors. Other adults that might help children in their community are doctors and nurses, police, security guards, street workers and youth workers. The group also spoke about adults they know through the internet like adults on Youtube and bloggers.
If an adult is really doing there best for children, what should they do?
Care for us by spending time with us, give us hugs, kisses and communicate with us. Adults can look after us by making sure children have lots of food and buying us clothes and toys (phones and consoles). They can keep children safe by helping them if they fall. They are responsible and should make sure the community is safe.
If an adult is really doing their best for children, what do they know?
Adults should have knowledge, know things about life and have experienced a lot of things. They know ‘how to be good or better than kids’. Adults might know what you like sometimes, if something is wrong or if you are lying. But also that sometimes adults don’t know some things and that children would like adults to know how they feel!
If an adult is really doing their best for children, how do they make children feel?
Emotions – happy, awesome, cool, loved, wanted, special and safe.
Children should feel like they can trust them and that these adults are responsible. Adults can trust children too and give them responsibilities. Adults have the power to make children feel upset or sad if they don’t let them do something or say no.
If an adult is really doing their best for children, what are they good at?
Good listeners, keep us safe, helping us – giving advice and talking to us. They respect children and love them. Teachers don’t shout at you, they help children learning. Adults also work jobs and pay bills to take care of children. Some adults are also good at inventing things.
If an adult is really doing their best for children, what do they say to
Caution, motivate, encourage and ask how you feel/ how you are, calm you down. They say ‘stay safe’, ‘have lots of fun’, ‘you can do it’, ‘don’t worry be happy’, ‘try again’, ‘put your head down’, ‘call me when you get there’.
They don’t say ‘why didn’t you go to the toilet at break time?’ As it is hard to say ‘I’m sorry I can’t control my bladder’.