PTA meetings are, in my experience, like stepping into the Thunderdome. I mean, they're basically an emotionally-charged interaction facilitated by all sorts of different parents with different parenting philosophies. And after over a decade holding these meetings as a teacher, I've found them to be a hot-bed for arguments, judgment, tension, and mommy-shaming. Which is why I wasn't surprised when the following eight moms revealed their worst PTA horror stories. Guys, this isn't child's play.
When I was training as an incoming teacher, it was suggested that I always make sure I had one eye on the nearest exit during PTA meetings and other events involving usually overprotective, controlling, defensive parents. In fact, I was told some parents had been known to turn violent during parent/teacher meetings. And as if that wasn't enough to worry about, there was also the very real tension between different parents, and that tension sometimes manifested into physical altercations, too. Don't believe me? You guys, one time two moms got into a fight and started hurling cupcakes at each other. No, I am not joking. Yes, that did happen.
Now, of course the aforementioned examples are a bit extreme, and there are plenty PTA meetings held across the country that are low-key, easy, violence-free, and wonderful opportunities for parents to get to know one another. PTA meetings can really be an amazing opportunity for parents and school staff to mingle and build a very real sense of community. But they can also take up a lot of your time, which is probably already in short supply. And, yes, sometimes tempers get heated and things can get out of hand and feelings can get hurt. In fact, the following moms' stories are proof positive that things can, in fact, take a turn for the worse: