I agree with your post, Cerek. I tried to call every parent of every child the first few weeks to build that positive relationship. Now, as a P, when I suspend a child and the parent is supportive....they receive a letter in the mail from me commending them for their support and efforts in helping us to educate their child...not just academically but emotionally. Human beings have many experiences behind them....some make them happy, some make them angry. I choose to embrace people regardless of their good or poor choices in hopes that they repeat that approach. Over-complimenting and praising of children may be a valid issue....but an abundance of "faith" in a child, or their parent, can never be overdone.