Hey, everyone! I was reflecting on a situation that happened a while ago where I got reprimanded at work. I was talking to my mother in law about it, and she was saying that she probably would have gotten in trouble if she had said what I'd said at her job. But, as I reflected on the situation, I still don't feel that I did anything wrong in this situation. As a new teacher this fall, I'm trying to prepare for dealing with parents, so I want to be sure that I know how to handle them correctly. I was probably 20 at the time of this incident (working at a before/after school program). My kids in my group had all been mean to each other and bullying, so I finally sat them all down and had a talk with them all. One of my kids made a snide comment about another little girl in my group, which hurt her feelings and she began to cry (he did get in trouble for his comment). Of course, as she is crying, her mom comes to pick up and wants to know what happened. I calmly explained that there had been a lot of bullying going on in my group the last couple of days, and that I was finally frustrated with it and sat all my kids down to talk to them, during which the comment was made. I assured her that the student who made the comment had been reprimanded and it wouldn't happen again. All was well. As soon as the parent left, my boss turned to me and said that I should never tell a parent that I'm "frustrated" and that it makes it sound like I don't have control. Now, it's two years later, and I still don't feel like I should have been fussed at for saying that! But my MIL even agrees....I know it was probably a poor choice of words, but it wasn't like I said I was furious at all my kids or anything. I remember simply saying that I was "frustrated with their behavior". So, teachers....what do you think? Was this reprimand worthy?