I think I may just need a hug. I have always hated conferences. I like 5 year olds way more than there parents. I always tie myself in knots over it but in general it's usually fine. In fact my bigger issue is that I worry myself silly when in real life it's not necessary since parents usually get an eye opener and are more receptive when they see their child's work portfolio next to the standards so they can see the facts and just the facts m'am. However the conference I had today was really my worse nightmare come true. I told a parent that her child is very bright and he could really be thriving and excelling beyond grade level standards if he had better attendance (12 absences this first trimester). She basically got belligerent and said that his absences are totally reasonable for a kindergartener and his absences should be held against him. She said if I were a good teacher I should be able to send home work that keeps him learning to the point that his absences shouldn't matter. She said that I was descriminating against him because his father is a disable vet and she need to care for him which makes it hard to to run three kids around. She called me names and questioned my ability as a teacher. When I tried to tell her that we should get back on track and talk about her child's academic growth and look over his work samples she basically said the didn't want to talk to me anymore and she would be going straight to the principal which she promptly stomped off to do. It was awful and totally from left field and now I don't want to have do conferences anymore. They don't pay me enough to let me be abused (oh yeah and this conferences was held after my contract hours to accomidated this parent so I wasn't getting paid at all). How would any of you try to get back on track with a parent after something like this since, it's only day 67 of 183 instructional days this year. Also I used to be worried that we aren't having end of the year conferences since parents often expect that second conferences, but now I couldn't be happier about it.