How to Talk to a Grade Schooler About Teachers They Hate

Talking about kid-teacher conflicts means walking a fine line of empathy and support.

Originally published on Fatherly.com (September 18, 2017).
Written by Patrick Coleman

Parents might expect their elementary school-aged kid to run into a certain amount of relationship problems during the weekdays. After all, they’re spending eight hours every day with dozens of other people their own age. So parents might feel prepared to chat if their kid comes home complaining about a bully or dust-up with a pal. But that conversation shifts significantly when a kid returns home complaining about their teacher. Another kid can be ignored. Not so with a teacher (to good effect, anyway). This creates a delicate balance between not belittling a kid’s genuine emotions, while not undermining the authority of their current and future educational leaders.

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