via WORKING WITH PARENTS My attitude toward every parent whose child I taught was and still is this: I always told them, ” I work for you first. This is your child who spends a greater part of daylight with me. I work for the school second. Call, email or text me for any question you have about your child’s work and experiences in school that I can help with. If I do something you consider wrong, or if I anger you in any way, feel free to let me know. You can vent on me, if you want, and we can sort it out. If I am wrong, I will apologize and set things right. We both care about your child and I want you to know I respect you as a parent and it is your right to be a part of what I do for your child.” This is why I have always had a great relationship with the parents. They knew I respected them, considered them very important to my work. This made them also feel empowered to care more for their kid’s work. YES, I have been told a few things from parents and I have apologized rightly so, and I have a couple of friendships as a result. In IEP meetings I steered away from legal jargon and spoke with usual language about goals and objectives and placement and all that stuff. I chose to respect their point of view for meetings–” Just tell me in plain language what is going on and where we go from here. I can’t stay awake for the special vocabulary you folks use in your profession. Thank you very much.” Just wanted to share that.