I have a parent that it is definetly going to be at the top of my list of parents that I remember. Most of you know that I have recently moved to a new comminuty and district. And in fact last week I posted about something. I had mentioned to the kids that after the first week I was not going to be as nice. I told the kids that I was pretty nice when they broke the rules the first week,I would gently remind them about what rule they were breaking and that would be the end of it. But starting the following week I would really begin to start enforcing the rules. Well this young man went home told his mom that I was going to not be nice and he wanted to quit first grade. We got out of school at 3:25 and by 3:50 she was emailing me. I emailed her back and things were smoothed over. Well true to my word I have been a little bit sterner with the rule enforcing this week. I had just given the practice spelling test on Thursday. I was grading them at my desk and calling each student over to my desk. I gave out the instuctions that they could read a book from either my tub or their library book but at this time I needed the whole class was to be quiet. I had put them all on a warning to ensure some quiet. hahahaha Well this student goes to get his book and on his way back to his desk he thought of something he needed to tell me. He starts blurting out and telling the story. So tell I tell him to move his bug from the tree. (my version of the green, yellow, red, light system. He looks at me and bursts into tears. The kids know that you can move your bug back to the tree within a few minutes if you just follow the directions that I give you. So I reminded him that if you follow the rules and get back on track you can move your bug back to the tree. I tried very hard to explain to him that I wasn't mad or upset at him but from now on he needed to follow the rules. he didn't stop crying and blubbering for at least 20 minutes. I wouldn't let him move his bug back until he stopped crying. He eventually got move it back but had a BAD attitude afterwards. Then his mom comes to get him for lunch so I speak briefly with her about the situation before she takes him off for lunch. They day continues normally after that. He comes back from lunch and is in a better mood. I act like nothing has happened from the morning time. Sometime that afternoon after I have left the school the mom emails me. I dont get it until the next morning. It wasn't a straight out mean and ugly email in fact it was all done in a positve way. (mom is a pshyscoligist) sp? But I could tell the undertones of the email. My son is perfect and you had no right to think other wise. When she came in the next morning I did tell her I had seen the email and would respond later. She apoligized if it sounded harsh she had written it the night before and that things were better with her son this morning. I have not responded to the email as of yet and I am not sure that I am going to. I am feeling like if I start giving into her "demands" she will be running my classroom by the end of the year. That I will be afraid to move her son's bug or even mark his folder. I have not spoken with my principal yet but I do plan on it next week. He has been out of the office the last two days at meetings. Ok this turned into a really long vent and I am soooo sorry. Any suggestions, help, vacation tickets will be accepted because I think it is going to a very long year for me.