'What a great book! Have to say, what a refreshing change to read a book written by someone who truly understands the subject they are writing about. Someone who can offer practical advice and strategies that can be used by staff working on the front-line. This book would be an asset to both new staff and those who have many years experience. I speak as the latter and any book which makes you question your own practice is welcome' - Rosemary Michael, Parental Support Adviser, Luton, UK
'As a school administrator and teacher, I have learned that parents are our most valuable asset. This book provides tremendous lessons to help school personnel maximize this priceless resource and positively impact the lives of students and families. Thank you, Marlyn, for a wealth of ideas and strategies for parents and teachers across the nation!' - Lindsey Pollock, Principal
Houston Independent School District, TX
Discover strategies for positive partnering with all parents - even the difficult ones!
This must-have resource helps educators work effectively with all parents, even the most difficult ones, and prevent problems before they happen. Maryln Appelbaum offers targeted strategies, solutions, and skills to establish positive and harmonious relationships with all parents, overcome adversity, enhance the home-school connection, and boost student performance.
How to Handle Hard-to-Handle Parents helps develop specific skills for communicating with all parents, including parents who are difficult, angry, overprotective, or overbearing. Packed with sample forms, letters, scenarios, and vignettes, plus techniques for involving families whose first language is not English, this guide helps educators:
- Establish relationships with parents of all backgrounds
- Recognize, and work with, characteristics of difficult people
- Be proactive in getting parents to cooperate and follow through at home
- Conduct expert parent conferences
- Handle all types of parents, including "Know-It-All's", "Blamers", "Helicopter Parents", and more
Indispensable for teachers, school leaders, counsellors, and all educators, this will become a much-referenced resource for building cooperative parent-teacher relationships that positively impact students' academic success.