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Things Parents Shouldn’t Say to Their Kids’ Teachers

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Everyone thinks their kids are the best.  Some think their kids are perfect and can do no wrong.  That can lead to some discussions with teachers.  Teachers have a job to do and what do they stand to gain by lying about your child? There are a few things that are probably not a good idea to say to teachers.

Dear Mrs. Jones, why did you give my daughter that grade? Firing off an email probably isn”t the best place to start this conversation.  Start with your child.  If she can’t tell you, then ask the teacher, but not in an email, since its hard to tell tone in an email.

Matt has had so many after-school activities lately, he couldn’t finish the reading. Um, imagine if you gave that excuse to your boss! Teach your kids responsibility already.  If they can’t make the right choices now, what will they do in the “real world”?

We’re going on vacation for a week. Can you put together a packet of my daughter’s work so she doesn’t fall behind? It seems like the right thing to do, but it’s actually insulting — like their teaching can be replaced with a packet. Not to mention, there’s a lot of extra work the teacher needs to do to prepare it.

My child would never lie. If she says she handed in the paper, she handed it in.  Really?  Are we that naive?  Why would a teacher purposely say your child didn’t hand in a paper?  You don’t want to imply that the teacher lost the paper either.

Just a few tips to help as school begins.  Let the teachers teach, and accept honest criticism of your children whether you like it or not.  The truth may hurt, but it helps them in the long run.

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