82 Ridiculous Things Parents Have Actually Asked (or Demanded) Teachers to Do

82 Ridiculous Things Parents Have Actually Requested (or Demanded) Teachers to Do

We asked the BT Facebook and Instagram communities to share some of the most ridiculous parent requests they’ve ever received. Some of the responses we got back are almost hard to believe are real…

1. “Can you teach my son how to ride a bike? I would send him down the large hill (street in front of the school) and at the bottom of the street would be his first-grade teacher to welcome him to first grade. And also, could you have all of the other kids in the class watch him do it and cheer him on?”

2. “I can’t come in to get the packet … could you just run it out to my husband’s work place just outside of town?”

3. “Can my son bring a sippy cup of breast milk? And could you store some extra (breast milk) in the class refrigerator to keep the sippy cup full?”

4. “You shouldn’t have gotten pregnant if it was going to interfere with your teaching. You should have planned better,” a parent had the nerve to tell me when I was about 6 months pregnant with my son and had to have weekly ultrasounds due to a possible heart defect.

5. “Please stop writing on the board with your left hand. It is confusing the right-handed kids.”

6. “Could you please prepare a hot cup of tea for my son each morning when he arrives at school?”

7. “No books will come home. My child will not read at home, they read at school and they don’t need to at home. Absolutely no reading in our house.”

8. “Could you provide a private place for my son at school so he can pleasure himself if he needs to?”

9. “My son lost part of his finger in an accident at home. I have it in a ziplock in the freezer and wanted to see if he could bring it to school for show and tell?”

10. “Please don’t let my son use the color pink for anything or any reason. No pink paper, markers, paint, etc. He also isn’t allowed to play with dolls.” (the father of a 2-year-old boy)

11. “I think you should pay to replace my daughter’s pants.” (A parent after her daughter fell on the blacktop at recess and tore a hole in her pants)

12. “Could you help calm down my son when he gets worked up? He likes to be rubbed down with lotion.”

13. “Sweetheart, I pay your salary. My son will bring in whatever he damn well pleases,” (a father after being told that the inflatable pool whale his son brought in that took up 2 shelving units was too large for school)

14. “Please make sure that my son’s HW is completed before I pick him up from school. I’m tired when I get home and I don’t feel like helping him.”

15. “You can not penalize my son for plagiarizing on his science fair project because I did that part, so it’s my fault.”

16. “Can you just give my son an A to boost his esteem and give him incentive to complete the work?”

17. “Could you possibly wait on getting pregnant? It’s really going to disrupt my child’s learning.”

18. “Please teach my daughter how to use these.” (on a note attached to a box of tampons that was sent to school by a parent)

19. “My child will need you to call their sibling from another class when they go the bathroom so they can help each other.”

20. “My son prefers to ‘game’ at night, so if you could provide homework that is like gaming, it would be easier for him to do.”

21. “Could you speak to my daughter about getting more work done at home?” (during quarantine when both parents were home all the time)

22. “When would be a good time for me to come into school to breastfeed my son?”

23. I had a kindergarten parent show up with a full party for her child in the middle if the school day. Cake, ice cream, balloons and other decorations, party games for the class to play, etc. She just walked in and handed everything to me. She also stayed and had brought other relatives to the party I was suddenly in charge of. She just watched.

24. “Would you be willing to learn the harmonica to play for my daughter to keep her happy?”

25. “Could you please unpack and pack my daughter’s backpack for her every day? If not, I will pick her up early every day, come to the room, and pack her backpack for her.”

26. “I sent pull-ups and wipes with my son today because he was constipated this morning so I gave him a laxative before school. Could you help with cleaning him up?”

27. “Could you please call me directly anytime there is an announcement that pertains to my child because I don’t want to have to check my email?”

28. “Could you come into school during winter break to privately have my son make up all the missing assignments from your class?”

29. “Can you keep track of my daughter’s daily vaginal discharge?” 

30. “Can you go ahead and email me your lesson plans every morning so I know what you’ll be doing? Also send me any other materials, worksheets, etc. I’ll give you feedback to let you know what I think.”

31. “Could please send me all of the answers to the test so I can quiz my son beforehand?”

32. “Sometimes my daughter has part of her colon stick out of her body when she is trying to poop. If you could just pat it, it will retract.”

33.  “I know you probably don’t start until August, but my daughter is going to be on your caseload. Do you have time that we can meet before the start of school? I would love to share with you all about the wonderful things that she is doing.”

34. “Please drop what you’re doing and look for the action figures that I’m pretty sure my son stole from me this morning!” (A student’s father at 8:03 am on a school day)

35. “Could please keep (a specific brand of toilet paper) in the classroom for my son and bring it with you to every group bathroom trip? He doesn’t like the toilet paper in the bathroom.”

36. I had a high school student walk off-campus rather than return to the building after PE. When I called the mother, she wanted to know why I spent my prep time alone in my room rather than watching her son. She then accused me of kidnapping her son to sell his body parts and demanded to look in the trunk of my car. Later that night, her husband left 15 messages on my classroom phone explaining that his son was anointed by God and he, the father, was a Reiki Grandmaster and related to the Queen of Spain so that’s why they fear the son was kidnapped. It turns out he walked to a nearby shopping center and called a friend to pick him up because he didn’t feel like being at school anymore.

37. “Could you change your maternity leave date until my son meets his IEP goal?”

38. “Please follow the step-by-step instructions (with pictures) on how to do my daughter’s hair for picture day.”

39. “I would appreciate it if you do not to talk to my son while you’re on your period.”

40. “Please email me every day about what my son does in class, what the lesson was, and what the assignment was.”

41. “We’re going on vacation out of the country this Friday and will be gone for a month. Can we please have all of my daughter’s assignments that she will be missing by Thursday.” (sent through email on Tuesday of the same week)

42. “Can you please teach my daughter how to breathe through her nose because I’m a mouth breather and don’t know how.”

43. “My child won’t make his bed. Can you encourage/teach him how to do it? He listens better to you.”

44. “I demand that you postpone the test on Friday. My son has basketball practice and a baseball game the night before.”

45. “It is not acceptable to be that heavily pregnant and teach. It reminds the male students of what you had been doing.”

46. “I would appreciate it if you stop allowing my son to read in class because he came home wanting to read. These books he is bringing home are way too difficult for me to read. How dare you assign difficult books I can’t even read.” (they were second-grade reading books)

47. “Please send home a copy of your day plan every day so I know what to discuss at the dinner table.”

48. “Can’t you just give him an A? I know he did not do any of the work assigned, and that he has been given a couple of extensions, but can you make an exception?”

49. I had a parent who got off work at 1 am and got a hold of my unlisted number somehow and would call me at that hour expecting a phone conference. She was angry that I wouldn’t talk to her then, because that was when she got off of work….. and she felt that I should accommodate her.

50. A mom texted me a picture of her daughter still in bed on a school morning… said her daughter wouldn’t get up, and wanted me to do something about it.

51. “Can’t you just let him be the line leader every day? That’s all he wants.” (mom of a kindergartener)

52. “Why do you teach old history? You should only teach new history. My son gets easily bored with old stuff.”

53. “Are you available to torture my child during weekends?” (typo > she meant “tutor”)

54. After returning from maternity leave, a parent sent me an email on my first Mother’s Day and cc’d my principal. She was displeased that I had returned and preferred the substitute. She was also upset that I was more concerned for my newborn child than I was for her son.

55. “I do not believe in discipline, so don’t ask me to do anything about my child’s behavior!”

56. “Could you please call me every time my son has a BM? We live close to school and I’d like to come and wipe his ‘tushy’.”

57. “Stop telling my child what to do. You know it makes him angry.”

58. “I need you to cut my son’s lunch into small pieces then put one piece at a time in his mouth. Then put your hand on his jaw & start moving his jaw up & down to chew his food.” (the mom of a healthy 4-year-old)

59. A parent called the school and had the office put her through to my room because of an “emergency”. She wanted me to ask her daughter where the dog leash was. In the middle of a test.

60. “It is YOUR fault my child failed that test. You must make up for it whether it be on the weekend or after school, you will tutor my child until she passes, that is your job.”

61. “When my son misbehaves, could you just let him lead all the other kids in song and dance?”

62. “Please tell my son that there are cameras in the restroom so I know if he wipes or not.”

63. “My son has finished his project. When can you meet us at the school to get it?” (1 month after school ended)

64. I was asked to return the portion of my paycheck that I get paid to teach her child because her child “clearly didn’t learn anything new this school year.”

65. I had a student break his glasses. When I called home to ask mom when the new pair would arrive since it had been a week, she said if the glasses were that important to me, I should buy them.

66. “Can you make sure my daughter brings her leftover soy milk home so I can have it in my coffee tomorrow morning?”

67. I was told by a parent once that I was never allowed to take a sick day or have a sub ever because “It threw off her child’s day and he can never recover from that type of damage.” 

68. “Can you allow my son to walk around bottomless while he potty trains? That’s what we do at home.”

69. I had a parent who had sent her daughter with a brush and rubber band. She messaged me asking for me to do her daughter’s hair daily and to snap a picture and send it to her to make sure it was done right. 

70. “Can you make my son lunch every day? I’m so busy with work and I’m too tired at night to do it. I can pay you $2 per meal, so you could make an extra $40/month!”

71. A parent sent a box of valentines and asked me to fill them out for each child since I had more free time than she.

72. A parent of one of my first graders asked if I could show up at school an hour early so she could drop off her student with me because she had an important meeting to attend.

73. I was asked by a mom to pay her back for the materials her daughter used for one of her class projects… I asked for the receipts and reimbursed the $4 and 11 cents. The fight was just not worth the headache.

74. During our Covid shutdown, I had a parent contact me asking if she could come to my house and use my printer to make copies.

75. I had a parent ask me to screen their child’s urine for a kidney stone and send it home if we caught it.

76. I was asked by a mom to chase down other parents who hadn’t RSVPd to her daughter’s birthday party.

77. I had a parent ask me to gather her child’s homework each day, for each class, and deliver them to the proper teachers. I am her math teacher. She has 5 other classes…

78. I was asked to text a parent every morning that their child had PE so they wouldn’t forget their PE clothes.

79. I had a parent request that school stays open during breaks and holidays to make up for the remote learning period.

80. “We would appreciate it if you didn’t talk about Ancient Egypt. We don’t want our child to learn about such things.”

81. I was asked to help their child lose weight but preferably with little to no sweating.

82. A parent demanded I send voice messages daily saying: “It’s homework time, do your work now!” in a happy voice.

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