Avoiding the Parent Trap
Ms. Ris of Mentor Matters offers some tips on the art of managing the "parent connection". The key, she says, is to invite parents' participation as much as possible but not to get too worked up about it when they don't come through:
Over the years, I have learned the importance of focusing on what it is I CAN control. I control my decision to continue to keep open the door to my kids’ parents. I hope for the best, but prepare for non-participation. That’s my reality, and to accept it leaves me the energy to really work with my students. Them, I have for 6 hours a day. I choose to concentrate on that.