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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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      • Karen on

        Mom comes in on Wednesday after school and asks me if I can’t “just give him a 100 on his spelling test? He only missed one, and he has never NOT made a 100 on Wednesday’s test. He’s just a kid!” Me: “But he missed one…”

      • Felice on

        “Just let them do what they want. It’s just preschool and we don’t like to enforce rules on our kids.”

      • Saskia Herman on

        Me: your daughter refuses to pay attention or do the assignments. I have to take her phone away every single time she comes into my classroom. I am concerned because the school exam is in two weeks and I have not seen any of the homework assignments yet. Can you talk to her please?
        Mom: no! How dare you call me at work for this! Deal with it yourself. The phone is your responsibility. If she fails her exam it’s your fault.
        Hung up phone.
        I could she where the daughter got her lovely disposition from…

      • Karen on

        Dad: My daughter’s boots are missing. You need to find them!( He picks her up everyday and didn’t miss the boots for days.
        Me: Did you look in lost and found?
        Dad: I couldn’t find them.
        Me: what d0 they look like?
        Dad: They are pink.
        Me: Is her name in them? Size?
        Dad: Her name is not on her boots. I can’t remember the size its either a six or seven.
        Me: There are over 400 children at the school, many of the girls have pink boots
        Dad: I’m going to the principal because you don’t seem to care!
        He went to the principal. I looked for pink boots without a name on them……..never found…..

      • Lindsay on

        In response to being a nut free classroom:

        Mom: I don’t know what else I would pack my son. We don’t do sandwiches in our house.
        Child: I could have chicken nuggets or soup.
        Mom: you are not having SOUP for lunch.

      • Rose on

        “Please can you make sure my son hangs round with the academic kids not the behavioral ones” (this was after I had to ring to tell him his child had misbehaved!)

      • Lenore on

        From a preschool mom whose son was struggling socially, developmentally, and academically. After sharing a check list of expected behaviors and skills, she responded, “Well, obviously you don’t know much about children. After all, your son is only two, and Buddy is almost five. I know he is very smart. I have spent every day of his life with him. You only see him 5 days a week for 3 hours. I know what he can do better than any teacher.” I must admit that he did have one ability I have never witnessed again…while bring his over-tightened thermos of applesauce to me to open, he tripped on his own feet, while the applesauce came open and ejected from his thermos. I never knew you could spill applesauce onto a 10 foot high ceiling.

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