Why is it that the parents of students that have behavior problems almost ALWAYS the ones who deny it and/or act like it's the teacher that has the problem. I have a little boy in my class...let's call him Johnny. He's a busy body. His "crimes" include - 1) Sticking gum between the pages of my Dr. Seuss book 2) Purposely drooling on another child's desk 3) Lying and telling me his mom said he could sunglasses to school (when i asked him why, he said that his brother closed his head in the door and gave him a concussion and he went to the hospital. Turned out to be a lie. he just liked the glasses) 4) Constantly leaving his books, pencil box, broken crayons, folder, etc on the floor. I don't mean a usual, first grade mess. It's seriously a safety hazard w/the amount of stuff. 5) Writing all over his desk with a marker he stole from another child's desk At first Mom was supportive and we met twice about his behavior. Once in October and once in January. She always compared him to his little brother saying, "I don't know what I am gonna do with Johnny. His little brother is so well behaved." After that January meeting, she starts blaming me. She says that I can't handle him. That he's six years old and just being a kid. That I'm too hard on him. Back in February he kept hitting other kids and stealing from their table, so I moved his seat so he was sitting alone for a day. She accused me of making him a pariah and a poster child for bad behavior. When I gave him a time out and took his recess for writing on the desk AND lying to me about doing it, she said that was excessive and mean. What's up with her? I don't think I'm being mean at all, especially since I purposely try to find good stuff he's doing and to praise him. I also have him do little jobs for me. Suggestions on how to deal because I doubt this will be my last parent in denial.