How to Handle Difficult Parents. "Expressing your concerns in a neutral way usually leads to a more constructive conversation and a better outcome for your kid." Read on to learn which statements, however well-meaning, can land you in the "troublemaker" category. Photo by Thinkstock.As a parent, you know that advocating for your child is in your job description. So when an issue arises with the person who's molding his or her young mind, you're going to speak up. But it's important to choose your words carefully. "As with anyone whose service you depend on, it's in your best interest to avoid coming off as too critical or demanding to your child's teacher," says Suzanne Tingley, a former teacher, principal and superintendent, and author of
"My son says you don't give him enough time to finish his tests. I'd like to hear your side of the story."
Laying out the situation and asking for the teacher's "side" may seem like a diplomatic approach, but to theRead More »from 10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Kid's Teacher