It’s the beginning of a new school year. One of the greatest challenges faced by parents is learning that their child is in a classroom with a teacher they really don’t like. The last thing you want is to have your child’s energy and attention diverted from learning and enjoying a whole year of school. Your challenge is to help your child maintain a respectful behavior. That will help them have a good year regardless of whether or not they like their teacher. I encourage respectful behavior in this situation by telling kids:
It’s easy to act respectfully to the teachers you like. It’s much harder to act respectfully to the ones you don’t like – especially if they are not always respectful to you. It’s a real challenge – a test of your ability to be a better person. Follow the guidelines and classroom rules, do your work to the best of your ability and use good manners. Consider this as good practice for the day that may come when you have a boss you don’t like. By using good manners and acting in the ways you know are right, you can be proud of yourself. That will build up your self-respect, and you wind up a winner.
Kids are in school for twelve or more years. There will be teachers they like and teachers they don’t like. There will be the absolute favorite teacher and the absolute worst one. No one has a favorite teacher each of every twelve years. So this is a lesson that must be learned. Help your child through it, encourage activities at school that they really like, reinforce the positive things that happen, and focus on the things your child accomplishes. It may be a more difficult year, but your child will be learning some coping mechanisms that will serve her well all her life.