Parents too friendly with DS teacher. Is this U?
Floundernemo · 02/07/2015 20:06
My DS is in year 2 at a big primary school. Two of the other mums are really chatty and friendly with my DS class teacher, making her laugh and always chatting to her lots before and after school. AIBU? Are they just being friendly? Is the teacher secretly just being polite but really would rather not talk to them? It is just really obvious it is these same mums every day. It just doesn't seem very professional or fair somehow, can't quite put my finger on it. All changing next year anyway with new teacher but wanted to hear some opinion or if others have experienced similar.
HagOtheNorth · 02/07/2015 20:11
What an odd post. Why do you think it's unprofessional to have friends who are parents, or to be friendly with them? If she's good at the job, no parent would ever know if it was a delight to chat or a chore.
Do you go to PTA functions and analyse the dynamics too?
Or are you jealously assuming that their children will be getting preferential treatment in class, because the mothers are friendly to the teacher?
Fatmomma99 · 02/07/2015 20:12
It's hard to know from the information you've provided. Do they know her socially? Are they on the PTA or gvnrs? Are they brown-nosers?
My experience of teachers is that they don't usually appreciate being 'hogged' immediately before and after school, but have to be polite.
KittyandTeal · 02/07/2015 20:15
I generally have a good old chat with parents in the playground before school. It is usually the same ones that come and chat I usually have a bit of a giggle with them.
I also makes sure that I make eye contact and say hi to every parent in case they need a chat.
I'm not sure how it's unprofessional.
FenellaFellorick · 02/07/2015 20:22
maybe they're friends?
It's nice to be friendly and chat.
by fair do you mean no parent should have more of the teacher's time than any other?
You're all adults, I am sure that if any parent wanted or needed to talk to the teacher they would. I'm not sure that the teacher has to manage how adults interact. Maybe ensure the kids get equal time but the grown ups can manage that themselves.
I wouldn't worry about it. It doesn't mean anything and it certainly doesn't mean the children of those parents get any sort of special treatment or anything, in case you were worrying.
It's just people chatting.
SocksRock · 02/07/2015 20:23
The last head of our primary school had been a pupil at that school. So had lots of the parents. Three staff had their own children in the school.
Why can't we be friends with teachers? In our case, most had know each other when they had been at school together, way before the parent teacher relationship.
APlaceOnTheCouch · 02/07/2015 20:27
As long as the DCs aren't treated differently then it's fine.
I remember DD came home upset one day because the teacher had been talking about how one of DD's classmates had attended his wedding and performed a special role. DD didn't understand why only one pupil had been invited so she felt it wasn't fair . . . but she was 5. She didn't understand that parents and teachers can have friendships outside of school and that means they will see more of some DCs. It never impacted on the way the teacher acted in class with the DCs.
If the teacher was unfairly favouring the DCs of her friends then that would be unprofessional but talking to parents is a long way from that.
Kewcumber · 02/07/2015 20:32
I dear I have more than a few laughs with various teachers over the years sometimes even on a school trip Mea Culpa. I will try to be more sombre in future.
In fairness I have never been invited to a teachers wedding or even spoken to one outside of school and DS in mitigation gets dreadful reports so I'm pretty sure my campaign of being nice isn't getting me anywhere.
hollieberrie · 02/07/2015 20:37
From a teacher point of view, i enjoy chatting and having a giggle with parents, but not the same ones every day. There's always one or two who hang around way too much in the mornings, which is our busiest time. I am unfailingly polite so it may look like i'm thrilled to see them when infact I'm not! This could be the case here if its the same ones every day..
HagOtheNorth · 02/07/2015 20:39
'Well at DS's First School you were not allowed to talk to the teachers before school and after school by appointment only.
How is there time for all this chatting? '
How long ago was that, Sparkling?
I used to teach in a school that had a white line painted on the playground, parents crossed it if they had an appointment or if it was an emergency. But that was long, long ago.
HagOtheNorth · 02/07/2015 20:40
'If you are mates with the staff I think the people that aren't would be forgiven for thinking you may be obtaining information that they aren't able to IYKWIM.'
That would be unprofessional, and is a serious accusation to make. Confidentiality is seen as essential in most schools.
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