Read in 1 min Leader Resources » Ministry Basics » Classroom Management » Teacher Tips » All Other Teacher Tips Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Teacher Tip: Working with Negative Children in Your Ministry Published: November 18, 2020 First, minimize the impact of negative children and then create a positive atmosphere with these tips. A negative child often seeks love and craves attention. A negative attitude, though, can disrupt your classroom, hinder learning, and put an uncomfortable cloud over your entire class. Minimize classroom negativity and create a positive atmosphere with these practical tips. 3 Tips for Working with Negative Children in Your Ministry 1. Love Show the child God’s love through every word and action. Don’t exclude a child because of her poor attitude. Set firm boundaries and let her know that you expect positive behavior. Praise her for her efforts to overcome her negative attitude. Pray with her to show her that you and God love her very much. 2. Eliminate the Child’s Negative Attitude Don’t allow negativity to breed negativity. Immediately stop any negative comments and put-downs before things escalate. Eliminate “downtime” by keeping the negative child busy. Have him help you before, during, and after class. Praise him for his efforts, such as sharpening pencils, completing the lesson project, or listening carefully. 3. Listen Correct the child’s negative attitude away from the other children. Give her your undivided attention. Let her know that you understand, care, and want to help. Most of all, let her know that God loves her unconditionally. Mary Davis Montrose, Iowa Looking for more teaching tips? Check out these ideas! And for even more ideas and daily posts of inspiration, follow us on Facebook! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!