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15 Ridiculous Things Parents Have Said To Teachers

We asked teachers what were the worst things they were ever told from angry parents at Parent-Teacher conferences. Here are the most ridiculous responses we got back!

1. "My son should not be prohibited from eating a peanut butter sandwich in class just because other kids are allergic. Just tell the other kids to stay away from him when he's eating." Ridiculous things parents say to teachers - Bored Teachers 1

2. "Can you accept me on Facebook, in case I have a question about homework, so you can respond right away? It’s easier for me."Ridiculous things parents say to teachers - Bored Teachers 2

3. "I’ll have to take my son out for a family vacation the week before Christmas. Could you make sure nothing too important is being taught during that week?"Ridiculous things parents say to teachers - Bored Teachers 3

    4. "Sorry, we're just a bit disappointed because we were really hoping to be in the other teacher’s class."Ridiculous things parents say to teachers - Bored Teachers 5

    5. Parents: "Please feel free to hit our child if he misbehaves…" Teacher: "No, this will not happen." Parents: "No, we insist!"


    6. "My daughter said you told her she wasn't allowed to bring her hamster to school. That seems pretty racist!"confused

    7. "Can you not put time limits on tests? My son doesn't like to be rushed..."Ridiculous things parents say to teachers - Bored Teachers 6

    8.  "I thought teaching was about making a difference, but maybe for you, it's about the vacations."

    9. "Well I pay taxes, so really I pay for your salary, and I expect you to listen to what I have to say."Ridiculous things parents say to teachers - Bored Teachers 9

    10. "Could you put a little more energy towards your class? You’ll have all summer to chill, so just kick yourself a little and put a little extra effort into your job please. I hope you understand that I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m just concerned about the future of my children."Ridiculous things parents say to teachers - Bored Teachers 10

    11. "Can you please explain why my daughter scores A's in all classes except in yours? What’s wrong with your teaching?"

    12. "I don't believe in homework assignments, and strongly stand by my point. My son will not hand in any homework."

    13. "If you want your students to have certain school supplies for your class, why should we be responsible for buying it for them? It's your class, it should be your responsibility."not amuzed

    14. “Unlike you, I didn't settle for an education degree. I have a degree in psychology. You should show a little more respect when I make suggestions on how you should manage your class."excuse me

    15. In response to being asked to pick up their child on time... "I have to work! Isn't it the teachers' job to be flexible and take care of kids, so parents can work?"

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    Tell us about your PTM horror stories in the comments & we'll add them to the list!


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      • Julie on

        PreK Parent: “I can’t help my child learn her letters. You’re not teaching them in order.”

      • S on

        The comments on this site make me feel sooooo much better!!! I was thinking I was the only one dealing with parents like this.

        I do not want my 12 yr old son to participate in the religions unit. We are Christian and I want to keep him pure. – In my head – "maybe you should go talk to the health teacher about those 13 yr old hormones:)

        “Is there some way you can incorporate bible stories into your mythology unit? Or maybe with fairy tales?”

        “I have 5 kids, you expect me to keep track of them all?” Me – yes

        Middle school parent -"We are concerned that you are ‘picking’ on our daughter. You seem to single her out frequently. " Me – "When she was running down the hall screaming and spraying perfume on students I really was not looking for her, but there she was. Then the next day when I walked into my room and she was humming a song and dancing and seductively taking off her jacket I really was not looking for her that day either, but there she was again.

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