If you want to know what people really think about you, become a teacher.
Not only do you have the innocent but often brutal feedback from children - Miss, why are your teeth crooked? - you also receive feedback from parents.
Some of it is complimentary and supportive, but a lot is quite the opposite.
Every teacher knows the stomach curdling feeling of receiving a parent email time stamped at midnight, or the paralysing fear of being transferred a call and told "they sound angry".
Teachers are faced with no-win situations on the daily, and here are four complaints that are impossible to avoid.
Students getting in trouble.
Every single teacher I know would much prefer to see their students follow the school rules than deal with the consequences of them breaking them, however, in the same way students make mistakes in their schoolwork, they also make behavioural mistakes from time to time.
There is not a teacher on this planet who has not copped criticism from parents for giving their child consequences.
The criticism can be varied, but usually it comes down to a single belief: my child does not deserve to be punished.
I’m sorry, but if your child whacked another kid, it doesn’t matter what the other kid said to them, or that they were tired from a busy weekend or who started it, your child did not keep their hands and feet to themselves and there are consequences for that, the same way there are in the real world.
While teachers sometimes get it wrong - we were trained as educators, not detectives - if something isn’t adding up, I’ll let you in on a secret… kids sometimes twist the truth to paint themselves in a better light.
It’s not sinister; they’re learning to deal with complicated situations.
If you’re a parent, it’s always a good idea to get the whole story before you start swinging your sword.