Teaching the child of celebrity!

(57 Posts)
Ducklings45 Mon 18-Mar-13 19:43:45

Has anyone done this and how did you get past the 'oh wow it's Xxx'. A new child join my class recently with famous parentage.

I am still a bit starstruck when speaking to
mum and wondered how you move past it? blush

Ducklings45 Mon 18-Mar-13 19:44:05


Schlock Mon 18-Mar-13 19:46:00

There is very much subjective so you need to name drop before you can get any decent advice wink

Oh yes. I agree with Schlock, we couldn't possibly comment until we knew who you were talking about grin

JaffaCakesAreCAKES Mon 18-Mar-13 20:31:20

Clues please!!!!!!! I love games like this grin

Yes, I taught a very well known journalist/writers children. I was a little blush when I first met him and it was hard not to ask him too many questions and trip over my words, but I ended up teaching a couple of his children, he was actually quite quiet, but very nice so was his children.

WiganKebab Mon 18-Mar-13 21:28:55

Perhaps it will get easier when they start telling you how to do your job etc etc? And how clever their kid is, etc etc?

Failing that, just remember that everybody poos.

I'm going for Tim Dowling for DreamsTurnToGoldDust and Kirsty Allsop for Ducklings

What's the prize if I'm right?

No, not Tim Dowling, don't want to say out loud as I'll have to name change, but he's sometimes on Question Time and does not like Peter Hitchin at all grin.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Mon 18-Mar-13 22:16:46

why kirsty alsop? bit random. I stab (also randomly) at Paxman & Beeny.

AViewfromtheFridge Mon 18-Mar-13 22:20:39

I had a Premier League manager's son in my form for five years. Both were lovely, although the dad alway smelt like a dream and I did keep finding myself simpering in his presence.

LizzieVereker Mon 18-Mar-13 22:21:05

I'm hoping that Duckling's one is a Beckham. Or Princess Tiami Price Andre.

smugmumofboys Mon 18-Mar-13 22:21:33

DH has always worked in private schools. At his last school, he taught the children of several very famous folk - slebs, government bods etc. he now teaches somewhere very provincial and casually mentioned a couple of famous parents. I was starstruck. It's wasted on him.

kissmyheathenass Mon 18-Mar-13 22:23:05

Will self? He hates PH.

FrameyMcFrame Mon 18-Mar-13 22:24:51

Penny Pocket from Balamory had a child at my DDs school. (my claim to fame!!)
She is Lovely in rl

Mintyy Mon 18-Mar-13 22:27:09

Seriously? You are all in a tizz about meeting a celebrity?

Ducklings45 Mon 18-Mar-13 22:29:25

I am not saying who it is and it will out me big time!! Who it is isn't relevant to your answers as the question isn't in relation to the particular behaviour of said celebrity, just their status in general and me feeling starstruck like an idiot.

If you needed a name to give me an answer, think Beckham famous although not the Beckhams

thornrose Mon 18-Mar-13 22:30:06

I chatted to Will Self a couple of times at Brockwell Lido some years ago. I didn't have a clue who he was until my friend pointed it out blush

LynetteScavo Mon 18-Mar-13 22:32:32

Is it Madonna?

Don't know why I'm asking - the OP's never going to tell. She's the only person who I might be a bit awe struck by.

Booyhoo Mon 18-Mar-13 22:36:14

is rooney junior at school yet?

kissmyheathenass Mon 18-Mar-13 22:37:02

I do find the idea of someone like the Beckham's being on question time slightly ludicrous.

However wrt being strarstruck, I don't think there is much you can do about it. Whenever I have met a famous person, my voice goes very high and squeaky. It even did this at Disney when we met Minnie mouse blush

Ohhelpohnoitsa Mon 18-Mar-13 22:37:37

oooh you tease!
My friend's dad is a famous artist (though not a cleb mag type - only if you know the art world) & I am starstruck when I see him. Maybe that's because I dearly wish I could afford one of his very expensive paintings..............

Ducklings45 Mon 18-Mar-13 22:39:24

I hope I am professional and am not some crazy fan but inside I feel like my legs are jelly and with a racing heart I hope this doesn't come across when I'm talking to them.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Mon 18-Mar-13 22:41:15

Yes Madonna would be interesting. or Kate Moss. Must be very weird for them living out an ordinary life - school run, sainsbos etc.

FelicityWasCold Mon 18-Mar-13 22:46:50

Yes I teach some children of famous people, but this thread is pointless OP because we both know naming them would be gross misconduct...

Ducklings45 Mon 18-Mar-13 22:49:17

It would FelicityWasCold and I have no intention of naming them!! smile

Ducklings45 Mon 18-Mar-13 22:50:17

Posted too early... I just want some advice on how to move past the feeling of being starstruck!

I think you will just have to try and get past it, be v professional and pretend they are just any old parent. They aren't celebs when they are doing school stuff so just do your best to treat them normally and not say anything stoopid.

ihearsounds Mon 18-Mar-13 23:01:15

You just have to pretend schlebs are normal people. Because they are. Just have a bit extra in the bank, and paps in their faces. It's no big deal. They still do the same as you - work for a living, watch trash tv, read, listen to music etc. Plus treating them like a regular person makes it easier, ime, to get money when fundraising grin, unless of course they are mega tight (just like none schlebs)

weegiemum Mon 18-Mar-13 23:05:07

Celebs don't bother me.

Spencer from Balamory came to tea twice. My dc were excited and Rodd was great at explaining he's not really Spencer. But one of the nicest guys I ever met!!

And you need to hope the celeb doesn't do anything very silly and end up in the papers in some scandal.

TheNebulousBoojum Mon 18-Mar-13 23:30:57

You need to get a grip, teach the child, not disbelieve if some aspects of their life are outside your experience and accommodate any privacy issues that might arise with the support of the school.
And don't get all squeaky and start dropping clues to all and sundry. grin

I've had the children of a Lord, famousish international footballer, human rights activist with a contract out on the parent, several academic writers and a world class musician in my class at one time or another.
If you can't talk to the parent without dribbling or stammering in awe, you need to work on staying calm. Practise. Enjoy the time, it might not last very long.

SucksToBeMe Tue 19-Mar-13 00:53:22

I gave Princess Beatrice a polo lesson once. I wasn't star struck but she was sooooo shy I found my self not chatting away as I normally would.

FelicityWasCold Tue 19-Mar-13 07:15:17

Treat the child 100% normally, keep any conversation with the parent 100% about the child. Be neither rude nor overly deferential to the parent.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 19-Mar-13 07:34:02

I think the op was trying to use mumsnet as an anonymous forum to vent her excitement / nervousness/ bit of anonymous gossip. I'm sure she knows exactly how to behave. Very few of us wouldn't find life a bit spiced up by encountering a famous celeb and having a teeny weeny sneaky peak in to their life. It doesn't make op shallow or unprofessional (unless she spills the beans & goes on to tell us daily what mrs celeb is wearing, what bag she is carrying etc.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 19-Mar-13 07:34:36

I think the op was trying to use mumsnet as an anonymous forum to vent her excitement / nervousness/ bit of anonymous gossip. I'm sure she knows exactly how to behave. Very few of us wouldn't find life a bit spiced up by encountering a famous celeb and having a teeny weeny sneaky peak in to their life. It doesn't make op shallow or unprofessional (unless she spills the beans & goes on to tell us daily what mrs celeb is wearing, what bag she is carrying etc.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 19-Mar-13 07:36:38

oops terrible signal in this bloomin snow; thought it hadn't posted

Snoopingforsoup Tue 19-Mar-13 13:06:48

I used to work with slebs. It was hard at times as I too would get star struck occasionally and would have to give myself a sly slap while they weren't looking.
The majority of them know people get star struck and they know it's awkward at times. I would zone out their media persona starting now and just treat them like any other school parents.
They all pick their nose, have hissy fits and worry about their kids like us mere mortals not under the glare of the Paps.

Pootles2010 Tue 19-Mar-13 13:12:04

You'll get used to it i'm sure. My mum used to work at a v naice private school, and had a fair few footballers' children etc, she got some ace end of year presents grin

sherbetpips Tue 19-Mar-13 13:14:08

My nephew is in a class with a few footballers kids and a famous northern comedian's son. My SIL is utterly oblivious - totally wasted on her.

Lifeisontheup Tue 19-Mar-13 13:17:35

I've treated a few famous people and not recognised them,blush amuses my colleagues no end.
I am terrible with faces and quite often names too.
I comfort myself with the thought that if they're ill enough to need an ambulance they probably don't want to be recognised and at least they can be sure of my confidentiality.

sleepywombat Tue 19-Mar-13 13:21:37

I have taught a few celebs' kids - like Lifeis, I usually don't recognise them or care tbh. Once taught a daughter of a shoe designer & I got to pick a pair from her latest collection at the end of the year, that was good!

You should have seen my sons face when the current James B dropped off his dd to visit neighbours dd. (yes, she frequents our local estate and mingles with council tenants wink a whole lot of less judgmental than some folks on here!)

I think sometimes being starstruck and in awe is human nature. It is hiding it that is the problem!

Same son once asked a friend of mine "How rich are you?" I wished right there and then that her pool would swallow me up.

GotAnyGrapes Tue 19-Mar-13 13:22:50

Oh sherbetpips, is it a private RC school? If its the school I'm thinking of I did supply there for half a term and taught said comedian's son. He was lovely as we're his boys. Great school too!

Duckling, when we lived in Cheshire my kids went to school with kids of premiership footballers and Corrie stars. It was strange at first but good to see the mums sometimes looking just as frazzled as the rest of us at 8am. Probably helped that football isn't my thing and I don't watch Corrie though!

GotAnyGrapes Tue 19-Mar-13 13:23:42

Were not we're.

MistyKnight Wed 20-Mar-13 18:46:58

I teach the son of a well-known TV actor but had no idea until he sat down in front of me at parents evening, since the boy doesn't use the same surname. I struggled momentarily with composure until it became clear he didn't know the first thing about my subject!

DancesWithTheEasterBunny Wed 20-Mar-13 18:50:50

I taught a deejay' s daughter. I was a bit star struck at first but eventually it settled down and she was just another kid.

MrsSalvoMontalbano Fri 22-Mar-13 18:58:39

we have a very famous parent at our school, and I felt very sorry for him in the interval at the school play as he was standing alone (as everyone was ignoring him so as not to look as if hey were star-struck) so I went up to him and chatted about the play, as I would have if he's been ano person stading on his own with a very sour-faced unfriendly wife

ripsishere Tue 26-Mar-13 05:28:09

The Rooney child is at my friends school.
My DH taught several children of very famous parents. He didn't even realize about one of them till I spotted them at the school fete worse than death.

TheRealFellatio Tue 26-Mar-13 05:53:23

I understand why you can't (and mustn't) say who it is BUT I DEMAND that you at least give us an idea of exactly how famous, loosely what they are famous for and provide some similar comparisons.

Thank you.

I know what you mean, MrsS it's a tricky one. No-one wants to looking like a desperate social climber or an autograph hunter, do they? One of my eldest son's very good friends has a famous dad, (pretty legendary among certain circles in fact) and while I always chatted to his mum and got along really well with her I could never quite bring myself to do the same with the dad. I was pleasant to him, but reluctant to start or sustain conversations in case he as scanning my eyes for signs of evidence of being a Star Struck Hanger On. It was a shame because I got on very well with the mum, and would ordinarily have invited them for dinner or something, but it seemed a bit sucky-uppy.

Don't see them any more as son at uni and we have moved away.

ripsishere Tue 26-Mar-13 06:15:19

I should add that she didn't tell me about little Kai, her DS did.

ripsishere Tue 26-Mar-13 06:15:37

Sorry, JIC you thought she was being unprofessional.

One4TheRd Wed 27-Mar-13 16:21:20

I am a TA and had the daughter of a rock star in my class last year and will have his younger daughter next year. After being a massive fan of him and the band for years, and having seen them live many times, I found it very difficult at drop off times! I have found myself saying rather ridiculous things about the weather!!! I had the dilemma of going to see them in concert, as I would have done if he wasn't a parent at work, or not bothering. Of course I went and had an even better time!!

As for getting past the obvious blushing - on my part - and general feeling of awkwardness, I don't think that goes away if you admired that person before. I know members of staff who have developed a "taste" for their music only since he joined the school which bothers me a lot! Lol

AryaUnderfoot Wed 27-Mar-13 21:47:45

In my NQT year, I taught a (then) teenage actor. It was a bit weird the first time I saw him in class, but I very soon got used to it.

The weirdest thing is seeing him in nowadays in ...erm... adult situations in films. It just seems so not right.

sashh Thu 28-Mar-13 06:09:39


That just has to be Daniel Radcliff

Phoebe47 Fri 05-Apr-13 21:55:43

Just treat this parent the same way you treat the other children's parents. Many years ago I taught the son of member of a well known (and very "way out" pop group - weird in fact). When he came to school to drop off/collect his son he looked perfectly normal but looked very weird on stage! I was not at all starstruck as I was not a fan of his particular brand of music so found it easy to treat him the same as other parents. I was a bit worried about what he might say at Parents Evening as he was a straight talker but it went well as his son was doing well. He complimented me on the class assembly we had done earlier in the week. He said it was the best assembly he had seen at the school in the 3 years his son had been there. I must say I was very proud of that and remember this parent - and his son who was a lovely boy - very fondly.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Sun 28-Apr-13 21:14:22

fwiw, I meet a number of stupidly famous people through a relative of mine, and tbh I do get a bit giddy inside, but, I can imagine how hard it must be living your life with everyone staring at you so most of the time I am careful to be over chilled.

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