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Teachers Describe Their Worst Encounters With Nightmare Parents

Updated September 7, 2018 25.4k votes 6.2k voters 495k views17 items

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When teachers vent about parents, you usually hear of pretty shocking stories of terrible people. You can get the normal annoying parents who come in and hover around their children or ask a lot of questions. But the actual worst parents are a totally different beast. Because teachers really see the worst of people. They see the negligent parents, the helicopter parents, and even parents capable of horrible abuse. 

Going far beyond just teacher pet peeves, the more annoying parents can make it straight up impossible for educators to do their jobs. From parents who think children potty train themselves (or that teachers should) to parents who actually threaten teachers for just doing their job, it'll relieve you to know your dad simply asked some embarrassing questions at parent-teacher night. When you see what these teachers of Reddit have to say, there's one thing you'll realize for sure—teachers just don't get paid enough.

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    Basic Hygeine

    From MattyNiceGuy:

    "This mom was wondering why we weren't doing more to teach him about personal hygiene and bathroom habits, including proper wiping.

    Me: speechless." 

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    Can't Have Them Thinking In School

    From loisharkins2:

    "My husband taught at a private language academy to a group of seven-year-old girls. He was reassigned in the middle of the school year, because a mom found that he made the students 'think too hard'. This being after-school education, he never gave any homework, they get enough of that from their day schooling (and then some). The mom was outraged because her daughter was voluntarily researching topics in her free time instead of whatever she wanted her to be doing. Way to have high expectations for her future." 

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    Professor Youtube

    From a deleted user:

    "I had a kid repeatedly refuse to do his work and he kept trying to pull up YouTube instead of completing his assignment. He turned in a completely blank assignment so I gave him a zero. His mom called me and told me he thought he didn't have to do it and that I was bullying her son. Psycho."

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    A Strong Girl

    From Fluteless:

    "Not me, but my mentor teacher during my practicum told us about her worst parent in the class (it's grade one). There was one little girl, let's call her Lily, who was a major bully. She didn't play nice and would insult others who tried to get her to play with her when she didn't feel like it, and then wondered why nobody wanted to play with her. She would pout and get mad when scolded. When she wanted help, she'd go where the teacher or student teacher (me and my co-teacher) was, no matter what they were doing, and tell us she needed help even if we were helping another. She was also a compulsive liar which in grade one is highly unusual (they're the worst secret keepers in the world, it's adorable).

    Anyways, her Mom saw no problem with her bullying (it was to the point where other parents would ask my mentor teacher to keep Lily away from their kids) and said she was just 'head-strong' and 'vocal' and that, since she (the mom) was a social worker she knew that they were good qualities. Naturally to the mom it meant that the other students were the problem and Lily was a perfect girl and how dare we tell her that there's a serious bullying and lying problem.

    There's not much we can do without parents enforcing our rules. We'd manage to get her to raise her hand with a question and then come Monday she'd be back to coming up to teachers and huffing when she didn't get her way. I felt bad for Lily because her mom obviously encouraged her bad attitude under the guise it was her being 'a strong girl' and Lily didn't understand why nobody ever wanted to play with her."

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