So I have a mother of a student with whom I generally get along. She's nice, though a bit of a tiger mom. Lately I've been having a bit of trouble with her over my hours. I generally put in about 9-10 hours a day at school before heading home. I have a toddler as well as a husband who works odd shifts, so working more than this, or coming to the school on weekends, really isn't an option nor do I want it to be. She doesn't like this. Her child's teacher last year pretty much lives at the school and this is what this mother has come to expect. The last straw was last week when she flat-out asked me what days over Thanksgiving break I'd be here so she could bring her son in for extra tutoring (I was going out of town for the break). She felt teachers should make their students their first priority. When I was single, I did work longer hours and it's now that I feel I'm getting more done. It's annoying because I feel I complete the work I need to get completed. I have some great room parents who do so much for me. My teaching personality isn't particularly cutesy so I don't spend much time making crafty things. I hate to vent, but her line about putting students first did touch a nerve. I'd like to pick your brains about how many hours a teacher should aim to be putting in.