Expert Tips for Handling Overbearing Parents

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Hey there, teacher friends!

Welcome to the Lesson Plan Toolbox: End of the School Year Classroom Management Strategies. Teachers reached out to us with some of their classroom management issues, so we’re putting together some basic strategies to offer support. We dive deeper into these strategies inside our Mastering Classroom Management Membership.

Today, I want to dive into a topic that we often don't talk about enough: dealing with parents who think they should be running the show. Now, after two decades in the trenches of education, I've seen my fair share of these situations, and let me tell you, they can be a real test of patience and professionalism.


Picture this: You're in the middle of a lesson, and suddenly, a water bottle comes flying across the room. Quick as lightning, you intercept it before it hits anyone, only to find out it belongs to a student. You dispose of it, thinking nothing of it, until the next thing you know, you're being accused of making the poor kid dig around in the trash like a raccoon.


Sound familiar? Yeah, we've all been there.


So, what do you do when faced with a parent who wants to micromanage your classroom? Well, buckle up, because I'm about to drop some truth bombs that might just save your sanity.


First things first, always keep a cool head. I know, easier said than done when you're being accused of absurdities, but trust me, losing your cool will only escalate the situation. Take a deep breath, count to ten if you have to, but whatever you do, don't engage in a shouting match. It's not worth it, and it won't get you anywhere.

Next, document everything. Every interaction, every email, every phone call - keep a record of it all. Not only will this cover your backside if things escalate further, but it'll also provide you with a solid foundation to stand on if you need to defend yourself later on.


Now, here's the kicker: empathy. Yes, I know, it's hard to muster up empathy for someone who's berating you for something you didn't do, but bear with me. Put yourself in their shoes for a moment. They're scared, they're worried about their child, and they're probably feeling a little out of control. By showing them that you understand where they're coming from, you can often defuse the situation before it spirals out of control. The phrases, "I understand." and "Thank you for bringing this to my attention." can go a long way in defusing a situation.


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But here's the thing: you are the expert in your classroom. You know your students, you know your curriculum, and you know what's best for them. So, stand your ground. Be confident in your decisions, and don't let anyone undermine your authority.


And finally, know when to escalate. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, things just don't resolve themselves. In those cases, don't be afraid to bring in your principal or administration. They're there to support you, and they can often provide a level of mediation that you might not be able to achieve on your own.



So, there you have it, teacher friend. Dealing with parents who want to be in charge is no walk in the park, but with a little patience, empathy, and a whole lot of professionalism, you can navigate those choppy waters like a pro. Remember, you've got this. And hey, if all else fails, there's always chocolate in the break room.


Until next time, keep shining bright in the classroom!




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If you enjoyed the tips in this post, you might also enjoy this video on our 5 BEST Tips for Quieting A Chatty Classroom. Message us and let us know which strategy you found to be the most helpful! We can’t wait to hear from you over on Instagram!




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