Elevating Early Childhood

What to Do When Parents Don’t Want Their Child to Participate in Holiday Classroom Activities

Feb. 27, 2023

Friends, I have a question for you: Have you ever had a parent request that their child not participate in holiday activities in your classroom? 

If you've taught for any length of time, chances are you've encountered this issue before. 

But what can you do about it? And how do you deal with it in a respectful and inclusive way?

In today’s episode, I’ll be answering these exact questions and sharing a few dos and don’ts of dealing with these situations.

Are you ready?

Tune in now!


Key Takeaways:

Dealing with preschool holiday party pitfalls (00:00)

You’ve got mail! (02:18)

What to do instead of a Halloween party (04:21)

How to have celebrations that are respectful and inclusive (07:44)

What about Valentine’s Day? (10:40)


Additional Resources:

- Got a burning question for Vanessa? Get your answer on the Elevating Early Childhood podcast here.

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.


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