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Dealing with Difficult Parents

Here are a list of helpful resources for teachers who will ultimately deal with difficult parents at some point during their career.

How Teachers Can Work With 5 Difficult Types of Parents

Erica Stevens* had a student in her ninth grade English class who excelled at creative writing but struggled with analytical writing. She avoided it by refusing to do her homework. Every time the student failed to submit a homework assignment, her parents pressured Ms. Stevens to give her a pass because they didn't want the missed assignments to affect her grade.

Dealing With Angry Parents

Savvy school leaders put out fires before they become infernos.

How to Solve Six Tough Parent Problems |

Book Resources By Cheli Cerra, Ruth Jacoby Just because you're a new teacher doesn't mean you can't handle difficult parent problems like an old pro. All it takes is good communication skills and a little tact.

Barbara & Sue Gruber: 10 Tips to Deal with Difficult Parents Effectively - Teachers.Net Gazette

You probably never imagined contending with difficult parents when you dreamed of becoming a teacher. Unfortunately, almost every teacher is faced with an irate parent at some time. Not only is dealing with an angry or unreasonable parent upsetting, it's time consuming. It's only natural for parents to want the best for their child.

Difficult Parents

Don't despair if you are finding it difficult to get parents onside; try these tactics from Tom Bennett, TES behaviour adviser, for dealing with difficult parents.

Strategies to Handle a Difficult Parent

By Derrick Meador Updated December 15, 2014. Dealing with difficult parents is virtually impossible for any educator to escape. When I was in high school I remember walking into the football coach's office, and more than once he would say, "Derrick, don't ever become a coach or teacher."

When parents want to move their child to another classroom

Having a parent ask to move a child to a different classroom can be a huge blow to a teacher's confidence. And it's an issue that nearly every educator will face at some point--if not at multiple points--in their career. Sometime parents don't like the fact that you are forcing them to address issues they've tried to...


Relationship Triangle

Relationship Triangle

This is a triangle of the relationship between teacher, student and their parents.

10 best strategies for dealing with difficult parents

Most of us in education have had the misfortune of dealing with a difficult parent or family, had a conflict with a parent or student, or have been ambushed by an upset person in school. Here are 10 strategies, tried and true, that will alleviate a majority* of problems with problem parents: First and foremost,...

How To Handle Difficult Parents: A Teacher's Survival Guide

This is a book by Suzanne Capek Tingley that can be a very resourceful tool for teachers in properly handling angry, concerned, harassing parents.

Dealing With Difficult Parents

By Jerry Webster Raising children with disabilities is tough. Real tough. Parents raising children with disabilities sometimes are worn thin, on the edge. Can you blame them? Too often schools don't help these parents, they just make things worse. Other parents, quite frankly, suffer from the same disabilities as their children.

Classroom Management: 10 Ways to Deal with Difficult Students

We all have those students who are habitually in trouble or are making trouble. This classroom management post is for all the teachers who struggle to reach those kids who snarl when you look at them, recoil when you are near them, and refuse to do what they are asked.

Parent-teacher conferences were times of great anxiety for me as a child. I sat at home with damp palms, waiting for my mother to return with the bad tidings. I'm not sure why I had such a guilty conscience.

Hovering parents bully teachers

Educators report harassment from `helicopter' caretakers Carroll County school officials told a grandmother to stop coming to her grandchild's class after she spent two weeks studying the teacher. A Baltimore County teacher recalls being threatened physically by a parent who happened to be a boxer.

Communicating with Parents during Sensitive or Difficult Situations

This Chat explores preventive strategies, as well as solutions for concerns or problems, that early childhood professional can keep in mind when communicating with parents. Questions discussed include, "When I try to talk to his parents, they just say 'He's never like that at home.' Any suggestions?"

Engaging Effectively with Parents

Engaging Effectively with Parents has been developed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to provide a unique student-centered curriculum on essential techniques and methods for coaches to effectively communicate and interact with students, parents and guardians.

New Teacher Survival Guide: The Parent-Teacher Conference

Gain tips for an effective Parent Teacher conference. Preparation is key. These tips can help teachers in all grade levels with their own Parent Teacher conferences.

Important Interactions - How To Communicate Effectively With Parents

Discussing concerns about a child's development or behavior can be difficult. This video will present tips for communicating with families.


This link is great for teachers looking for professional advice on handling difficult parents.

This link is great for teachers looking for professional advice on handling difficult parents.
Bureau of Education & Research | On-Site Training: Course Details | K-12 Professional Staff Development

Dozens of outstanding strategies to deal with demanding, defiant and hard-to-handle parents Practical, specific techniques to move from conflict to cooperation Highly effective techniques for conducting successful parent conferences and meetings - even when dealing with difficult people Proven tips, examples, innovative ideas, and an extensive resource handbook packed with powerful strategies you can use immediately to deal with difficult parents This outstanding seminar is designed to give you a wealth of strategies for working with the most hard-to-handle parents in challenging situations.

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How Can You Deal With Angry Parents?

Dad and Mom, eyes wild, barge into your room screaming, "How dare you give Ashley an F?!" Ashley smirks. The class cheers. The principal walks in. OK, that's probably not going to happen. But furious parents can do a lot of damage, whether or not there's any basis for their anger.

Dealing With A Difficult Parent

by Terry Heick You'd heard about this parent from other teachers. That this parent was a handful. Rude. Combative. Aggressive. Even litigious. In response, you worry, if just a little. You have enough to deal with, and butting heads with an angry parent-especially one angry just because- doesn't sound like fun.