How to Handle Difficult Parents is a funny, but practical, guide to working effectively with parents and avoiding unnecessary conflict. Whether you're a teacher (regular or special education) or a coach, this book will give you practical suggestions regarding what to say and how to say it to parents who question your lesson plans, challenge your disciplinary decisions, or threaten to tell the principal on you. Bringing years of experience as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and professor, the author shows teachers how to handle the most difficult parent types, including the Helicopter Mom, the Caped Crusader, Ms. “Quit Picking on My Kid,” The Intimidator, No Show's Dad, and Pinocchio's Mom, among others. Emphasizing ways to help create constructive conversation, this revised edition of How to Handle Difficult Parents is a must-have for teachers everywhere, both those just beginning and those already deep in the trenches.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Dealing With Parents 101 Chapter 2 A Short and Subjective History of Parents Chapter 3 The Acorn May Not Fall Far From the Oak Chapter 4 Pinocchio’s Mom Chapter 5 Caped Crusader Chapter 6 Ms. “Quit Picking on My Kid” Chapter 7 The Intimidator Chapter 8 The Stealth Zapper Chapter 9 The Uncivil Libertarian Chapter 10 Mr. NBA Chapter 11 No Show’s Dad Chapter 12 The Advocate Chapter 13 Helicopter Mom Chapter 14 The Competitor Chapter 15 Who’s the Fairest of Them All? Chapter 16 Tips for Effective Parent Conferences Chapter 17 When Nothing Works Chapter 18 A Final Assessment References About the Author
Author Suzanne Capek Tingley has been a teacher, a principal, a superintendent, and an adjunct professor in education administration for the State University of New York at Oswego. She currently works as an educational consultant and freelance writer. She has done many workshops on dealing with difficult people for teachers, administrators, and office professionals.
How to Handle Difficult Parents: Proven Solutions for Teachers is a practical, discplined, organized reponse to the need for teachers to develop special coping skills to deal with many varieties of Difficult Parents.,James A. Cox,Midwest Book Review, 8/21/12