Some complaining is normal. But when the complaints continue, it's time for you to do something. Here are some suggestions:
Listen carefully when your child talks about school. Kids sometimes say they don't like a teacher. But when parents check further, they learn their child doesn't like where they're sitting . . . or the fact that this teacher requires more homework.
Talk with your child's teacher about your concerns. Teachers want children to succeed. Your child's teacher may have valuable insights. Sometimes small changes can make a big difference.
Ask to observe your child's class. Plan to spend at least two hours. Watch carefully. One mother said she noticed her child seemed to squint when looking at the board. A new pair of glassesênot a new teacherê solved the school problem.
Talk with your principal. Keep a positive attitude. Your principal can see all sides of a problem and can help find the best solution.
Remember that every person is different. One of the most important things we all must learn is how to get along and work with all kinds of people.
The key to solving the problem when a child says she doesn't like a teacher is good communication with everyone involved.
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