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By JC Fernandez

The school year is starting back up, and if you’re a parent, we’ve got a list that might help you out this year.  “Reader’s Digest” talked to a bunch of different principals.  Here are the eight things they wish every parent knew.

#1.)  When You Say Your Child Would Never Lie to You, You’re Being Naïve.  A lot of the time, straight-A students and kids who never get in trouble are the ones who DO lie when they make a mistake.

Because they don’t want their parents to know they’re not perfect.

#2.)  He Knows More About Your Private Life Than You Think.  Kids talk a LOT, and one principal admitted that he ends up knowing WAY too much about some of the parents . . . including what their money issues are, and how often they fight.

#3.)  If There’s a Problem, Talk to the Teacher First.  Another principal said his biggest pet peeve is when parents go straight to HIM to complain, without talking to the teacher first.

#4.)  He KNOWS Some of the Teachers Suck.  But even if he’s planning to FIRE them, he probably can’t say anything about it for legal reasons.

#5.)  Bullies Aren’t Usually Expelled.  According to one principal, quote, “We suspend them again and again, but it’s very tough to expel a student.  The truth is, they have a right to an education.”

#6.)  Kids Are Pretty Easy to Deal With.  It’s the PARENTS who are tough, because they’re constantly trying to solve their kids’ problems for them.

#7.)  If You Want to Talk, Make an Appointment.  Or at least go to their OFFICE.  Principals hate it when parents try to have a “quick” conversation about their kid during a school play or a sporting event.

#8.) The Smartest Kids Aren’t Necessarily the Teacher’s “Favorites.”  Most teachers value hard work more than they value someone’s IQ.

Source: Reader’s Digest


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