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Old 08-17-2018, 03:17 PM
 
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This is a mom who thinks she runs the show. She may want all kinds of things for her kid. That doesn't mean she will get them or that they are what is best for him in your classroom setting. You need a broken record phrase for her every time she starts demanding things that you won't do and don't think are appropriate or necessary, like a daily detailed report. You are certainly not required to do that and don't have time to try. Every time she asks for something crazy, I would say, "We don't do daily reports." Period. If she wants to continue demanding it, just repeat, "We don't do daily reports." Don't apologize, explain or rationalize. "We don't do daily reports. Report cards go home every nine weeks." She will continue demanding a report. You repeat the same information, with a smile, and without apology. "The first report card goes out Oct. 11." When she finally lets that go, then you can offer to share with her how you will communicate with parents between report cards. And when she then starts to tell you how you should change that or make exceptions for her, do the broken record again. Bottom line is that it's YOUR decision how you run your classroom. You're not there to make her happy. If she can GET happy, great. But your responsibility is to do what you know - in your professional opinion and with your professional experience - is best for your student.
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