Does Your Child Say This?
"My Teacher's an Idiot"
Almost every kid will eventually have a teacher they don’t like, but that’s not an excuse for them to refuse to follow the rules of the classroom. When you side with your children in this scenario, believe it or not, you are actually undermining your own authority in the process. The bottom line is that it’s a mistake to denigrate authority figures with your children, even if you agree with them. Keep the focus on the matter at hand, and off your child's feelings about their teacher. Read on to see how James Lehman advises you to handle the situation.
“My teacher’s an idiot. I hate her.”
Translation: I don’t like my teacher. Therefore, I don’t have to comply with what she asks me to do.
Ineffective parenting response: “Yeah, she’s really a jerk sometimes. You’ve still got to listen to her, though.”
Effective parenting response: “It doesn’t help to call the teacher names. What can we do to get your work done on time?”