Think twice next time you have to call a student's parents out after a kid's bad behavior, because adults can be more even more annoying than their children. In case you need proof, here are some good anecdotes from teachers. Which one do you find the most irritating?
Smile For The Camera
From Redditor u/loveleigh1788:
Elementary teacher here. We had a student who wouldn't stop [taking] 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 [ill-gotten] 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 positive days in a row that he gets released from the behavior plan and receives a free bike as his incentive for good behavior (they were donated to the school by a local bike shop). The next day he tells me his uncle stole it and pawned it. He went right back to his old behaviors and it was heartbreaking.F for parenting?
The Start Of A Horror Movie
From Redditor u/waterholic19:
I teach elementary music but I also assist in before-school care. There was one boy (third 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 others in that fashion or with that language. We always try and talk through emotions rather than [fly off the handle].
Call the mom and explain the situation. The mom's first and only response is, “Well if he called her the devil, she probably is the devil.”
Pretty clearly can tell where that behavior comes from.F for parenting?
Such A Scene Maker
From Redditor u/costarcoffee:
I got a phone call from a parent basically saying that a few other children had beaten up their child, so the following day we take aside that child, then all the other children (in the end turns out there were nine other children involved) and it turns out to be a complete truth. The children had been arguing about a video game (they're 10) and this one child had a different opinion from the others, so they push him to the ground, and while he's curled up on the floor, they start kicking him.
My head teacher contacts the parents of the children involved to let them know and explain the punishment. Fast forward to the next day when one of the parents comes into school and starts shouting at their child in front of his whole class and teacher, asking him why "the hell" he admitted to doing it, what was the matter with him and how he was stupid for doing so, before taking him and his two siblings out of the school. This child was one of the ones who admitted straight away to do it and had burst straight into tears and was clearly feeling guilty.F for parenting?
It's All About The Pens
From Redditor u/6roumyeskl:
Middle school teacher. Students had attended a trampoline park as a field trip to award good attendance. While there, one student had [swiped] a rubber bracelet. Not a big deal, but still stole it, nonetheless, so the principal contacted the father.
The father called back and left a voicemail basically accusing the principal and the rest of the staff of thievery, as well saying, “How many pens do you walk out of that school with? How many pens purchases by the school do you walk out with every day? My tax money!”
(Anyone who is a teacher sees how funny this is because, of course, we’re providing our own pens!)F for parenting?