Working with Difficult Parents
When it comes to dealing with parents and caregivers, the majority of conversations are positive, constructive and respectful. Some parents however do not follow those parameters and this can be incredibly stressful when teaching their child.
Often, we know that if the conversation is handled badly, it will result in serious repercussions. For many, it often comes down to personality and style. Some people really are just difficult to talk to in any situation. And some of us, simply have a difficult time talking to certain people - period. Of course, in a setting like ours, one of the most essential factors of many difficult conversation is that after the conversation is over – we will, undoubtedly need to continue seeing and working with this person in the future. So we want to get it right. After all, ongoing (personal and professional) relationships carry much more responsibility then “one-time” meetings.
While school leaders, teachers and administrators prime focus is the care and learning needs of the students in your care, some parents do not appreciate the professional boundaries or unique culture of the school environment. Consequently, they can appear to clash with every system and put everyone on edge when they visit or call. This session will help you convert the ‘difficult parent’ to an ‘ally in their child's learning journey’.
90 minute Online Workshop
Wednesday 5 May 2021, 4.30–6pm
New Zealand (nationwide)