Abuja - A pre-school teacher shares her enlightening analysis of parents of pre-schoolers after many years of experience. She says that despite most parents being fantastic, there are always some of these kinds of parents:
• The best friend
This is the parent who wants to chat with you every morning at the door not realising that she/he is taking up a lot your time when you need to be watching your class. This very same parent will come down on you like a ton of bricks should their precious bundle have fallen while your eyes were taken off them for a moment or two chatting to another such parent. They will ask personal questions about you and offer unsolicited information about their sex lives. Avoid like the plague!
• The absent parent
This type of parent is as elusive as a unicorn. You will never see them. They will not attend parent-teacher meetings, in fact the only time you will ever see them is at the end of the year concert and by then anything you needed to discuss with them will be too late. They take no interest in their child’s early education and live with the philosophy that at pre-school all they do is play. They also see pre-school as a very expensive babysitter so they can pursue their careers. They don’t get involved in fundraisers and conveniently misplace their raffle sheets.
• The ostrich parent
This is the most dangerous of all- the parent who buries their head in the sand and pretends that everything is okay. This type of parent will nod and look concerned when you call them in to inform them that their child has learning issues. They may even go so far as to promise to have checked out or try to resolve the issue, but the truth is that nothing will ever get done. They will procrastinate and stall until it is three quarters of the way through the academic year and no progress has been made. In some extreme cases they may say the problem lies with the school and take their child elsewhere. This does nothing to help the child, simply changes the geography of the problem.
• The meddler
This particular type of parent is quite annoying; they are always in your face wanting to know everything: from how much of their dinosaur-shaped sandwich did their kid eat to whether or not his colouring slightly out of the lines should ring warning bells that there is some sort of serious problem. They want your entire years’ curriculum and prep sheets up front so that they can carry on educating their child at home. They ask for worksheets for the school holidays and copies of work when their child has taken a day off sick so that they can catch up. This is the total opposite of the absent parent. They over-think, question and debate everything in great detail. They monopolise your time during open information parent evenings and turning an “introduction to our class night’ into an in-depth report back on their child even though it is only February and you have only just learnt the children’s names.
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