Kara - posted on 04/19/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )
I teach kindergarten & I have a problem I'ev never had before: parents. Usually we complain about lack of parent involvement, but not this year! I can't get them out of my room, out of my space, or to recognize that there are boundaries, even in schools.
Here's a little of what I mean: the parents walk them into the classroom (ok) then hang bookbags, sharpen pencils, get their journals out for them, tell them what to write, HOW to write it. I've had a mom get into my AV closet to turn the TV on for announcements & move desks because she didn't think those students could see well enough. Another parent comes to lunch every day (ok) because she believes her daughter can't go a whole day without seeing mom's face (its APRIL!) This mom brings a dinner plate & silverware for her daughter to eat the fast food she brings. Every day. Another mom will walk into the cafeteria kitchen & bring extra food out for kids.
These parents "tattle" to the principal or even the school board when I say or do something they don't like (at the beginning of the year, I suggested taht parents give students about 2 weeks to adjust to school before coming to visit for lunch, etc. They called the school board & complained I was not welcoming to them.)
I don't have admin support. We're suppose to be "welcoming" to parents but this feels ridiculous to me! How can I teach these children independence, routine, & procedures when their parents won't let me??
I know this sounds a litle more like a vent, but I really need some advice on how to handle this. I've been teaching for 12 years. I LOVE this class of students, but this group of about 6-8 parents are driving me insane!