Don’t Be That Parent – Be Cool to Your Child’s School
If your child is just hopping aboard the school train this year, he’s got a lot to learn. But you may not realize that you’ve got a lot to learn, too. I know I did. Since we’re well into the school groove, you’ve probably figured out that things are different now than when you were younger.
But the biggest difference of all – you’re different.
That means you have to know how to play the game. How to work with the system. How to get along. And there’s a lot of ways you can slip up when interacting with your school, but no one wants that to happen. So let’s talk about ways you can avoid being that parent.
Think it’s all on the teacher
Parents are ultimately responsible for their child’s education, not the teacher. So if your child comes home with poor marks, it’ll be tempting to take issue with the teacher and teaching methods. But parents are and always will be a child’s primary teacher.
Disregard the drop-off and pick-up procedure
No one likes the drop-off and pick-up routine, either, but you’ve got to follow the rules. Some of the parents like to cut corners to save time and beat the system: drop off at alternative doors, create parking spots where there aren’t any, or temporarily park in the line-up just to ask a quick question. We have rules for a reason, so follow them for everyone’s benefit.
Think that teachers are substitute parents
Schools must set boundaries, but both parents and teachers must work together. Both are responsible for setting a good example for children and giving them our most precious resource – time – so they feel loved, respected and valued.
Ignore school communication, then complain no one told you
Sometimes schools can be guilty of over-communicating, and that can put parents in a tough spot because they give us a lot to read and we don’t have time to read it. But let’s face it, we had time to go on a run, check Facebook, and watch Netflix. We could all probably do a better job putting our child first, and then focus on the things we’d like to do.
Complain about the level of homework
Your child doesn’t like doing it, you don’t like checking it, and the teacher doesn’t like grading it. But it’s all part of life and learning. Oftentimes teachers are required to give it. But in any case, resign yourself to the fact that all teachers are different, and the one yours has right now at this very moment has a plan, a purpose, and is helping to shape his or her life for the better.
Inundate the school with calls or show up with questions at the end of the day
When the bell’s about to ring, everyone’s busy trying to meet a schedule – the bus schedule. So if you have a last-minute request about something that can wait, then wait. One less person calling them will make everyone less frazzled.