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You cannot undermine the child’s parent’s decisions, even if it conflicts with your instincts. You also cannot undo whatever parental approach they are taking at home. While it helps to take an authoritarian approach in your daycare, it may be impossible to fully help a child who has overly controlling parents. It sometimes helps to discuss a care plan with the child’s family to better understand what they can do to improve a child’s wellbeing. If you cannot find a good middle ground with a parent you disagree with, you may need to cope with another strategy or consider letting them go.


  1. You must respect the decisions of the parent

  2. Sometimes there is nothing that you can do

  3. Remember that you can pick your clients