The parent-teacher relationship can often be a difficult one to navigate.
Whilst some parents and teachers are able to form trusting and productive connections that prove to be beneficial for the students, often times those on the perimeters of the playgrounds can generate the greatest conflicts.
It’s even been the premise for one of the most talked about TV shows this year, Big Little Lies – based on the Liane Moriarty novel by the same name.
So when Mamamia reached out to teachers asking what their worst experience with parents looked like, it’s no surprise we were inundated with stories.
Here are five teachers on when the parents misbehaved more than their students.
“What gets to me is being treated like a service not a human. I remember having a dad walk into my classroom for a parent interview, sit down in the chair and let out a big sigh.
“We were so disappointed our son got you this year, we really wanted him to have a male teacher. We tried to change him out of the class but can’t, so it looks like we have the young female teacher – we’ll have to try to work with you I guess,” he said.
The man had never met me! So many parents have asked me “Do you have children?” Or “Do you have boys of your own?” And when I told them ‘no’ (this was before I did have children), they would just shake their heads and say something like “Ah you won’t get it then.”
I occasionally point out I’ve taught way more boys than they ever parented! I also had a mum yell at me because the text book she paid for had a few pages incomplete by the end of the year – her child was absent a lot and sometimes kids learn a certain thing way better without filling in the text book. I also had a mum yell at me in front of the whole corridor of parents, students and teachers because her son left his shoes at the swimming pool during class swimming lessons and she didn’t have time to go get them.
There’s a lot of stories and they build up on top of the hugely emotional job that is teaching and can really get to you! I just want parents to trust me and treat me with kindness – I’m just another imperfect human like them.”
Side note – These are all the things teachers never say. Post continues after video.