Understanding Families and Dealing with Difficult Parents
Ninety-five percent of parents are loving and concerned people who only want their child to be known, understood and well taught. Although they may become anxious or angry at times, teachers should ready to handle parental concerns. Five percent of parents, for reasons of their own mental disorders or troubled lives, must act out their difficulties on the school and on teachers.
It is essential that teachers be able to distinguish between these two basic parent groups and request administrative help to deal with the tough minority. Dr. Thompson gives suggestions for managing the aggressive-intimidating parent, the anxious-incompetent parent and the denying-unresponsive parent. He also offers tips for building better alliances with all parents.