Tips for when things get tough.
Every educator wants parents who are involved in their child’s education. Time has proven to us over and over again that it’s essential. But some parents can go a bit…overboard.
As an educator have you ever experienced a parent who:
• Questions your subject matter knowledge?
• Questions your grading rubric?
• Complains about you to your administrator without first
addressing the issue with you?
• Refuses to believe anything they may perceive as negative about their child?
These parents — sometimes called helicopter parents — can be a drain on educators’ limited time and resources. Unfortunately, there is little by way of training or support on how to deal with this style of parenting.
Parents are entitled to their own opinions. As long as the parent isn’t spreading false and detrimental rumors in the community — that the educator is guilty of abuse or neglect, for example — there’s nothing illegal about a parent’s opinion about an educator.
If the situation becomes unmanageable and the administration is not providing support, please contact your local UniServ director for further advice and guidance specific to your situation.