How to Handle Difficult Parents

How to Handle Difficult Parents

Proven Solutions for Teachers

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Tingley, a writer and consultant who has been a teacher, principal, and school superintendent, and has taught education administration at the State U. of New York at Oswego, presents a guide for teachers to dealing with difficult parents. She describes the characteristics of parents in the past and today and examines recurring types of parental behaviors. She uses sample dialogues to illustrate dealing with parents who insist their child doesn't lie; who believe their ideas should be embraced by everyone; who accuse the teacher of picking on the child; who try to intimidate teachers; who point out the teacher's mistakes; who fight for their children's rights, even when inappropriate; who become overly involved in their children's sports activities; who think school attendance is not mandatory; who aggressively advocate for their special needs children; who hover over their children; and who are competitive with the teacher. She ends with tips for parent conferences and advice for what to do when nothing works. There is no index. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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"How to Handle Difficult Parents" is a funny, but practical, guide to working effectively with parents and avoiding unnecessary conflict. Whether you're a teacher (regular or special education) or a coach, this book will give you practical suggestions regarding what to say and how to say it to parents who question your lesson plans, challenge your disciplinary decisions, or threaten to tell the principal on you. Bringing years of experience as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and professor, the author shows teachers how to handle the most difficult parent types, including the Helicopter Mom, the Caped Crusader, Ms. "Quit Picking on My Kid," The Intimidator, No Show's Dad, and Pinocchio's Mom, among others. Emphasizing ways to help create constructive conversation, the revised edition of "How to Handle Difficult Parents" is a must-have for teachers everywhere, both those just beginning and those already deep in the trenches.

Publisher: Waco, Tex. : Prufrock Press, [2012]
Edition: Second edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781593639587
Branch Call Number: 371.103 Tingley 2012
Characteristics: v, 141 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Difficult parents


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