I really enjoy teaching Young Learners. They are funny, open for new ideas, full of energy and usually more motivated than their older friends. Largely unpredictable, kids can always surprise you which adds this interesting flavour to your teaching.
Yet there is one thing that I hate about teaching children – their parents.
- During parents’ meeting, only the mommies and daddies of well behaved students are willing to meet you. The naughty kids’ parents never pay you a visit even if they are asked to do so.
- Some of them are obsessed with their children’s progress. You have to constantly ensure them that their kids are doing fine, otherwise –
- they demand extra classes, supplementary worksheets, more effort on your part because you – the teacher - are the one to blame.
- They rarely want to take responsibility for their child’s behaviour. If little Xyz curses in class or hits his friends, it is definitely your fault.
- They question your qualifications. If a child fails a test, you didn’t teach him/her right. Where did you learn how to teach then, hmm?
- If a child is one of the best in class, they keep coming and asking how he/she is doing just to hear more praise every time.
- They love visiting you unexpectedly during your 5/10 min or lunch breaks. They always promise they’ll take just a minute of your precious time. Right.
- They call you any time they wish to ask about their child’s homework for the next day or test results (and why they are so low).
I’m done. Feeling better now having let it all out.
Have you had any other pleasant encounters with parents?
How should we deal with them?
I’m not a parent myself and would really appreciate if one wrote something here from a different perspective than mine. Might be interesting :)