Restorative Justice for Caregivers

Scholars of school age spend 70% of their waking hours outside of school; including weekends, holidays and summer vacation.  (Why Disadvantaged Children Succeed, Public Welfare, Spring, 1990 p. 17-23, Clark, R.M.)  The sooner the child’s caregiver becomes involved in the child’s life the more powerful the effect.  One of the most effective forms of involvement are those caregivers who work directly with their children on learning activities at home and expose their children to appropriate behavior.  (Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, School Improvement Research Series.  Parent Involvement in Education, Cotton, KI Wikelund, K.)  Giving Caregivers Restorative Justice Information- It is important to give information at parent meetings, in parent newsletters, and on the internet or website.

  • How do I teach the best behavior to my child? What is the correct behavior consistent with what my student is learning in school?
    • Start with teaching these positive behavior expectations that are also termed Pittsburg USD School-Wide Rules: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible.
  • When your child violates one of the Behavior Expectations also termed School-Wide Rules (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible do the following:
    • Ask child what expectation he violated that caused him/her to make a behavior mistake. Child should be able to select Be Safe, or Be Respectful, or Be Responsible.  If she/he cannot answer the question, assist child with answer.
    • Remain calm when talking to your child. Your goal is to teach correct behavior and support your child so that the mistake will not continue.
    • Ask child how he/she was not safe or respectful or responsible and why.
    • Guide child to give you correct answer if he/she cannot answer.
    • Have child demonstrate the correct behavior.
    • Give child choices on how to correct the problem and accept consequences of the behavior.
      • Example: If child left room or house area uncleaned, request that child to clean room or house area, and give an additional house area to clean within reasonable time.
    • Consequences should relate to the child’s behavior mistake.
    • Lastly describe a positive trait about your child and tell her/him that you have confidence that they will keep their room clean in the future.