How to deal with difficult parents
When we aspire to become a teacher
, the thing we think about the most is changing a student’s life for good in terms of knowledge which will lead to a holistic development of the child. But as soon as you enter any educational organization, the atmosphere doesn’t seem as ideal as you might have thought it to be before. Times are changing rapidly taking the modifications and demands along with their course. The job of a teacher becomes more strenuous when a teacher becomes a parent liaison. Facing some parents can give a teacher a lot of anxiety. Hence, a teacher must consider a few headers on how to handle difficult parents and diffuse their intensity a little. -
1. Stay Calm in all situations
There are times when you lose their cool when parents start to blame you for their child’s performance. But you must understand the position you are holding and become a bigger person. A better bridge of understanding should be made in between so that you find a way to acknowledge the problems of a parent.
2. Try to communicate honestly with the parents
If you find or even doubt a student being in the middle of a scuffle, then it would be better to call the parents immediately to make them aware of their child’s behaviour to prevent a miscommunication spiralling in the next PTA. Often, the child might spin a different story as soon as she/he gets back home which can put you in a tight spot.
3. Have confidence
Parents these days are smart enough to sense if you are not confident to handle the students
. This will certainly raise a big question about your career and it may bring you down. Show them how serious you can be while running a classroom and what are your expectations from the students. If you lack confidence, then you can always fake it till you make it, and do not let the parents rock your world. Remember, confidence is the key.
4. Pacify the parents who are upset with their child’s grade
Parents these days can easily get displeased with their child’s bad grades. Try to make them understand that only grades cannot decide the child’s future. Their resentful attitude towards their child can lead to something unimaginable. Hence, the parents should have patience and give the child some room for development. Explain to them how every child has different cognitive abilities.
5. Take some guidance from your colleagues
Not every teacher is prepared to handle tough parents every other day and therefore a sudden ambush from a parent can shake you up. Hence, it will be wise to talk to a trusted colleague or a senior on these matters and ask for advice. Sometimes, parents, students, and teachers are not on the same page. But remember, parents do half the of the teacher’s job
and it’s perfectly fine for them to have some serious doubts. They just need to be assured that you being teacher care for their child as much as they do. Try to uphold the nobility of the profession.