The relationship between parents and teachers is a tricky one. At best, it's a united team working to help a child excel at school. In a few cases, it turns into an actual friendship. At its worst, it's a battle zone in which both sides pray for a quick end to the school year. Most of the time, teachers and parents get along just fine. But there are some things parents do that annoy teachers almost as much as hearing the latest variations on "Baby Shark."
Some headachy parent actions have been going on almost as long as schools have been in existence: blaming the teacher for a child's poor grade; blowing off a student's misbehavior; offering bogus excuses for absences; copping the "my taxes pay your salary" attitude; addressing complaints to the principal rather than talking to the teacher first. Others are more surprising, and parents may not even be aware that their actions are out of line or irritating. I became a teacher some years after becoming a mother, and once I was on the other side of the classroom door, I realized that my kids' teachers might have seen me as "that" mom sometimes.
These are a few of the things I and other teachers I spoke to (names have been changed) cited as among our top parent pet peeves. Hopefully, none of them hit home with you, but it can help to see things from a teacher's-eye view.