Every teacher loves their students and the parents who support them, but there’s no denying that some parents can be particularly challenging to deal with in the classroom.
Being a teacher is often an underappreciated job, and it can be difficult for teachers to keep their composure when dealing with certain types of parents.
Here are 10 parent types that secretly drive teachers crazy.
1. The Special Snowflake Parent
This parent believes that their child is unique and special and should be treated as such. They may request extra privileges for their child, believing that they are entitled to them.
2. The Magic Bullet Parent
These parents are always looking for the ‘magic bullet’ when it comes to dealing with their child’s issues. They are hoping for a quick fix or easy solution to improve their kid’s grades without doing the extra work.
3. The Overhead Parent
This type of parent reports all the problems to the principal without talking it through with the teacher first.
4. The Helicopter Parent
These parents hover over their children at all times, trying to control every aspect of their lives. They are constantly monitoring their little beloveds and never seem to give them any space to do things themselves and make mistakes.
5. The Unreachable Parent
These parents do not show any involvement in their child’s education. They may not respond to emails, fail to attend parent-teacher conferences, and are unreachable when needed.
6. The No-Boundaries Parent
This parent is notorious for sending frequent and lengthy messages, often at inappropriate times. They may text late at night or bombard the teacher with emails while they’re on their break or trying to eat lunch. This parent has a tendency to track down the teacher whenever they need something or have an update rather than waiting for a more convenient time.
7. The Competing Custody Parents
These parents will often try to one up each other in front of the teacher, creating a very uncomfortable situation for everyone. They share custody but fail to communicate, fight and have a hard time agreeing on things when it comes to their child.
8. The Boss Parent
This parent will act like they know more than the teacher and often make demands, try to micro-manage them, and act as their superior.
9. The Hypocritical or ‘Teacher-Hater’ Parent
These parents are always quick to criticize their children’s teachers. They find fault with everything they do and make sure the teacher knows it.
10. The All-Drama Parent
This is the parent who always has a dramatic story or problem to share. They turn everything into a saga and soak up all of the teacher and staff’s time with their complaints, tears and melodrama.
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Being a teacher isn’t always easy, but it’s important to remember that behind every parent is a child who needs support and guidance. With patience and understanding, teachers can navigate these tricky situations in order to create the best learning environment for their students.
This article, Teachers Secretly Hate These 10 Types of Parents, was produced and syndicated by TPR Teaching. These 10 types of parents are ones that teachers secretly hate dealing with, according to Jessica Bowers, a first-grade teacher, and writer at Parenting.com.
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