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14 Frustrated Teachers Share Times Parents Were Worse than Their Kids

One of the most frustrating parts of a teacher's job is having to deal with parents who don't want to be involved, don't want to put in the effort, or are absolutely insane. It provides a lot of insight into why their kids might be not doing well in school.

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    Text - loveleigh1788 10.5k points 11 hours ago Elementary teacher here. We had a student who wouldn't stop stealing things out of other kids backpacks. We had caught him on camera and would call the parents and they would just say "no, that's his insert stolen item, we just bought it for him." Then, we get him on a positive behavior plan and create intentional lessons about empathy to others, setting goals to get what you want, the difference between wants/needs etc. Eventually, he gets enough p
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    Text - RubixRube 5.8k points 15 hours ago edited 6 hours ago Teaching adjacent I used be an educational facilitator at a science centre. During the school year I would be the liason for school trips, during the summer - I would run the summer camps Parents used to like to plunk their kids in science camp because it is educational. We had a pile of hands on programming. I have to say, it was pretty fun! Fun unless your kid aggressively hates science and you are forcing them to be there. Enter Jas
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    Text - His mother replied "It's your job to make him want to be here, clearly you suck at it." Great. Day two. Jason shows up with an even bigger chip on his shoulder. The day's activity was engineering! Fort Building! Every kid loves a good fort. Except Jason. Jason picked up one of the plastic tubes and cracked a kid across the back of the leg with it. As I run over to tend to his victem, Jason cracks me across the side of the head with the tube with all his might, breaking my glasses and givi
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    Text - differentiatedpans 5.4k points 14 hours ago .edited 8 hours ago I had a student last year who was new to the school. Really nice, friendly, shy and hilariously absent minded. He would come to school at least 2 days a week with either his shirt on backwards, inside out or both So I wanted to talk to his parents about how his absent mindedness was affecting his learning. Mom shows up at 5. Dad shows up 1 hr late. We have a good chat and they get up to go. As I'm walking them out I said I wi
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    Text - 13 hours ago waterholic19 889 points I teach elementary music but I also assist in before school care. There was one boy (3rd grade) who was sitting at a table with several other students. One girl was attempting to engage with the boy and he abruptly stands up, points at the girl, and screams "YOU ARE THE DEVIL". Obviously at this age there needs to be intervention because you can't talk to other in that fashion or with that language. We always try and talk through emotions rather than e
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    Text - galacticbeee 429 points 10 hours ago Obligatory not a teacher, but I worked as a camp counselor. We had an 8 year old who managed to shit his pants about 4 times in 2 months. We'd tell the mother, who just waved it off saying that he was just "too lazy" to go to the bathroom and that he always did that. Regular 8 year olds do not routinely shit their pants but okay Karen.
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    Text - SouthernGirl2016 273 points 11 hours ago I was a French teacher. Kid was in LEVEL 1 French Clearly he put his assignment through a translator. I confronted him, he admitted it, so I gave him a 0 F. His family lost their minds. They claimed I was calling him stupid. Long story shor... principal let him redo the assignment.
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    Text - Pudding_ADVENTURE 258 points 11 hours ago I called home because a kid was coming to school inappropriately dressed every day. I'm not playing the "girls's bodies are distracting" card, I'm worried because the kid is dressed like she's about to work a corner. Of course I don't put it that way to mom, I just mention the kid is violating the school dress code and start to explain how when I'm interrupted with " You just jealous cause you don't look as good as she do"
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    Text - LeMechantLoup23 2.8k points 13 hours ago I had a preschooler call his mother an asshole. This would be upsetting except the day before, she called him an asshole; she said it quiet enough that other children or people wouldn't hear, but my coworker swore she heard her say it. We have our scheduled conference and she doesn't understand why he says such nasty things to her
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    Text - thewhimsicalbard 139 points 11 hours ago Not a teacher, but I work for a tutoring company. One kid I'm working with is struggling to complete assignments, doesn't seem to care at all about school despite being brilliant. I work with him for weeks and we're finally seeing improvement. His attitude is still garbage, but he's willing to work. Then, his mom takes him out of HIGH SCHOOL for week for a vacation. And I realize all of a sudden that despite her lip service to how important school
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    Text - OhioMegi 2.5k points 14 hours ago The mother who was screaming in the office "I'm gonna hit you in your fucking face" because a tutor dared to say the kid was having behavior issues during free tutoring. Now I know why the 5 of your 11 kids in our school are terrible hot messes. Poor things don't have much of a change. Mom was banned from the building because this was the last straw.
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    Text - BigFatBlackCat 120 points 11 hours ago Teaching summer camp now. My group this week is the most disordered group of kids I have ever had. Like these kids cannot keep it together for a single minute straight. One day we had an alternate pick up location and not one single parent could figure it out. Not one. I get why their kids are so incapable of basic functions now.
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    Text - homerbartbob 1.3k points 13 hours ago If you mean crazy, I got this Let's call this student Amy. Kinda quiet. Kind of quirky. Enter: Mom 1. Hit a teacher with her car. The youngest daughter darted out in front of the car to get in the other side (against protocol). Supervising teacher literally jumps into action and put a hand out yelling, "Stop!" Car hits hand. Driver drives away. Hospital visit required and police called. 2. Parent signs up to read to the class. She chooses a book calle
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    Text - jvnova 109 points 10 hours ago Taught middle school in a rural small town. Had one kid who was very nice, but lackadaisical and had Ds in most of his classes. His mom was a secretary at the district office and I, along with every other teacher, had contacted her multiple times about his behavior in class and lack of effort I was a first year teacher and we had a parent conference with him and the mom towards the end of the year as he was at risk for not participating in promotion. She tal
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    Text - clemson07tigers 1.3k points 12 hours ago I had a student who repeatedly lied about assignments, saying he'd turned them in and his teachers had lost them. As a team with admin present, we conferenced with mom and dad, who deflected and provided excuses that he just "doesn't like school," and, "if my son says he did something, he did it. We value integrity in our family." Three months later some friends of mine invited me to a bar a few towns away to see a band perform. Near the end of the
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