Working Together with Your Child's Teacher

What Not to Do: Teachers' Pet Peeves

It's easier than you think to get labeled an annoying parent. Teachers say they're irked when parents:

  • Criticize or disagree with the teacher in front of the kids.
  • Speak to the teacher in the same way they speak to their children.
  • Send their child to school sick.
  • Frequently take their child to school late or pick him up early.
  • Send sugary snacks despite requests not to.
  • Don't read memos from the teacher or sign permission slips.
  • Call the teacher at home when it's not an emergency.
  • Send their child to school without requested supplies.
  • Help too much with homework.
  • Forget to send lunch or lunch money.
  • Try to have a quick conference with the teacher at the beginning of the day.
  • Ask the teacher how their child compares with other kids in the class.
  • Go to the principal with a problem rather than discussing it with the teacher first.

Copyright © 2008 Meredith Corporation. Originally published in the September 2001 issue of Parents magazine, the August 2004 issue of Parents magazine, and the August 2003 issue of Parents magazine.

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