I feel a little bit of a need to vent. I'm sure most teachers have their share of stories about "challenging" students. Whether or not you have parental support at home can make a huge difference (speaking from an elementary stand point, at least). Some parents are wonderful and support the staff and try to help curb the behaviours at home. Some don't seem to care much and sort of turn a blind eye to it... which is frustrating of course. But the worst is when the parents are just as bad (if not worse) than the child. It baffles me how some adults can behave the way they do. For example, there was a kindergarten boy last year who was completely rude and defiant. He would bully other kids and was always causing disruptions in class. He sucked up a ton of time in the class because his behaviour had to be constantly dealt with. The parents were just as bad. They would defend their kid tooth and nail, blame the teachers for all the problems, and would be very confrontational to the staff. No wonder the kid is so bold and entitled. Another example is from this year. Another young student never does what he's suppose to. If the class is at the carpet, he's trying to play. When the class is getting ready for recess he's running around. I could go on forever. He causes a lot of grief for any teacher who has to deal with him because he flat out refuses to do what is asked of him and it turns into a ridiculous battle. Basically, if it's not something he wants to do, it's not happening. Again, the parents defend this behaviour. They refuse to accept that he's causing problems, and again, blame everyone but their kid. They get mad at staff for sending notes home or referrals for his more severe actions. They have flat out yelled at teachers for 'disciplining' their child (by which I mean providing a consequence as per the behaviour plan). I just felt like venting about these types of parents. I get that you want to stand up for your child, but come on. How is this helping them by excusing their actions?