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.