How do you respond if a parent complains about a decision you've made? After you've considered the parent's point of view, do you get upset? Nervous? Hurt? Frustrated? Irritated? Understanding? I get at least one complaint a year. Depending upon how helicopter-ish my students' parents are. During my first year of teaching I would get a bit nervous. I wasn't confident in everything I did so I did second guess myself. The next year the parent complaints were so ridiculous that I quickly learned not to take them to heart. It did not take long before I gained proper perspective. Now I typically blow off what I consider silly and send polite emails in response. I'll make it clear that they were heard but that I'll continue to do what I feel is best for everyone in the classroom. That includes me. How about you?