My biggest complaints have been:
- Parents who have a simple concern, but rather than discussing it with me first, they go straight to the Principal to complain. And then I get called into the Principal's office (yes, this is still scary as a teacher) about something I have no idea is an issue.
- Parents who take no responsibility for raising their children themselves. We call these the Dry Cleaner Parents because they want to drop them off at 8:00 and pick them up in perfect condition at 3:00. Any behavior, academic or social-emotional issues need to be dealt with during the school day because it's our issue, not theirs.
- Parents who act powerless to help their children, even when the issues are simple. We had a child a couple years ago who fell asleep in class every day. His parents told us that he has a diagnosed sleep disorder, but then they also mentioned he stays up all night playing video games or on his ipod touch. "What are we supposed to do?" his father asked us in dismay.
- Parents who assume, "Those who can't, teach," and treat us with zero respect. We once had a parent angrily lean across the table and tell us, "You don't understand how the real world works!" and then went on to explain how he was so great because he wrote a master's thesis in like two days. Little did he know, he was sitting at a table of people who held master's degrees and experience in Corporate America.