Steps to take if your child doesn’t like their teacher
What if your child doesn’t like his or her new teacher at the beginning of a new school term? What they don’t want to be in that particular teacher’s class? You should know how to talk to your child’s teacher about concerns you are having.
Children can be unpredictable at times. Sometimes, they might like their new teacher is and look forward to being in their class and at other times; they just don’t want to be close to the person.
Not liking a teacher is not the worst thing that can happen to your child. In fact, it can even be a positive, teachable moment. During the course of your child’s life, they are bound to meet people that they simply do not like.
But you can use the opportunity to teach your child how to learn to work with people they dislike. This will help your child develop interpersonal skills and teach them to be adaptable. If your child is less than thrilled about their new class teacher, here are some ways you can help:
Listen to your child’s concerns
Even though it is a good idea to remain impartial and not reveal your negative feelings about your child’s new teacher to your child, it’s also important not to dismiss your child’s real feelings. You should know what to do if a teacher is picking on your child. Your child may be scared or anxious about the changes a new teacher and class might bring, and they need to feel safe to discuss their feelings with you.
Share just how special your child is
It can help to share special information about your child and their interests with their new teacher. This can help your child to begin to build a relationship with their new educator. Mothers should make a point of sharing information about their child’s interests, hobbies and personality with their teachers. These insights provide teachers with a complete picture of who the child is.
Schedule a meeting
As a mom, you can address the problem at the source and schedule a meeting at school. Often, children who don’t like their teachers feel their teachers don’t like them, so helping your child and their teacher be on the same page with expectations for good behavior, education and classroom rules is helpful to ease your child’s upset feelings toward his or her teacher.
Keep your opinion to yourself
You can say, ‘I don’t like my child’s teacher’ but let it remain within you. You might also have a negative reaction to a particular teacher in your child’s school, but whatever you do, don’t express this to your child. Children have a way of taking the opinions of their parents quickly and easily. Try to remain positive about the teacher, and don’t reveal you don’t like their teacher.
Time does some magic
While it is important to know how to deal with rude teachers and what to do if a teacher is unfair to your child, not liking a new teacher could simply be a temporary problem that will resolve itself once your child settles in and gets used to their new class. Their relationship will take time and work to build trust. As time passes, your child will start to be more comfortable and like their teacher. In addition, with time, the teacher also gets to know your child and how best to relate with him or her.
Remind your child of their past achievements
Sometimes, your child may be nervous or anxious about the new school year and a new class. This is not unusual. You have to remind your child of all the ways they have overcome problems in the past and encourage them to do better in their new class. Even if you say, ‘a teacher dislikes my child’ or ‘my child’s teacher doesn’t like me’, you can still change things.