Coping with Toxic Parents
If Your Problem, As A Teacher, Involves Not Knowing How To Cope With Difficult/Toxic Parents And Fellow Staff Members And You Want To Solve It NOW Then Read On…
A True Story
I recall teaching with a young woman who was going through hell and was forced to take an extended stress leave because of one toxic parent and one unethical fellow staff member.
What was the problem?
Her teaching style was low key. She was a bit shy and lacked confidence when talking to parents and peers.
Because of this she was perceived as dull, uninteresting, weak and incompetent even though her students seemed to like her. (What we do in the name of concern for students.)
After 6 months on stress leave she returned to teach at another school under a stronger, more understanding and supportive principal. She never had a problem like that again and is now approaching 20 years in the profession.
The sad fact is that I have seen this type of story played out far too often with more tragic results.
It is one of the reasons I have committed myself to becoming an advocate for teachers to help promote fair treatment, self confidence, assertiveness, joy and a healthy productive relationship between teacher and parent.
COMPLETE LIST OF CONTENTS OF COPING WITH TOXIC PARENTS
by Mike Moore
The characteristics of toxic people
Types of human behaviour
Why some parents are toxic
How to deal with toxic parents
How to deal with toxic staff members
How to say NO! and mean it.
Assertiveness in action
The assertive power of silence
How to assert yourself by asking questions
The disarming power of appreciation and praise
How to handle sarcasm, ridicule and put-down
Developing confidence as a professional
Asking for what you want
Assertive decision making
The power of disapproval
The assertive look
The power of an assertive tone
How to meet resistance head on
Disarming the verbal bully
Coping with the difficult principal
Coping with difficult staff members
Relax for even greater assertive power
Motivate yourself to be assertive
How to bring about the change you want/need
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