Some parents may be overly concerned about the kind of education their kids are receiving from you as a teacher, to the extent that their concerns and behaviors may seem pushy. If you’re a teacher in such a situation, don’t crack up. There are certain things you can do to deal with pushy patents.
Detailed below are four brief teacher tips on how to deal with pushy parents.
1. Understand their concern
Parents will naturally be concerned about their kids’ education—are my children being taught well? Do they have the best teacher? Is the teacher assigning to them the right projects and exercises?
These are some questions that may be lingering on the mind of parents and could cause them to become pushy—trying to involve themselves in their children’s education.
2. Deal with them gently
As much as possible, don’t be too hard on pushy parents, not even when they drive you nuts. Having understood their concerns, the next thing to do is devising a way to deal with them.
If you’re on your way to school and they stop you to ask about their children’s progress and participation in class, kindly excuse yourself, tell them to call in at an appropriate time or offer to call them later on with information about their children’s performance.
Some pushy parents may even come in during class hours to interrupt you. Here, you can stop them right away and tell them to wait and see you after the class or drop by another time.
3. Set Boundaries
You can also stand your ground and tell these parents that they can only visit the school or class at certain times and should try coming during non-lesson hours.
You also need to be consistent when dealing with every parent to show that you’re serious about your rules concerning parents being overly anxious about their children’s school activities.
4. Advise them to help at home
Some parents may even have the guts to try advising you on how to teach their children, what to teach them, and even offer to create project ideas or works for the class. While you can tolerate these things in some cases, you can also advise the parents to teach their kids at home if they’re truly concerned about what their children should or should not be learning.
To conclude, it’s important to note that you should be gentle, as much as possible, and shouldn’t hurt parents’ feelings when you’re dealing with them.