natural family living, natural home,  natural home magazine, natural parenting, natural family

Featured Advertisers: Natural Products Guide | Birthstone Jewelry

Why the changes to the site?
We look a bit messy while make some extreme changes to the look and the way we publish the website.
Scroll down to continue to enjoy our great articles!

We're your "how-to" resource for natural family living, natural beauty, natural home, health & wellness, and natural parenting. No matter what your personal or parenting style, we offer tips, tools and information everyone can use!
Why do we have advertising on our site?
NFO Home
Bookmark us
NFO Chat Groups
Can't find what you need? Use our web search function near the bottom!
Subscribe to NFO's free eNewsletter!
Natural Living
Natural Living
Entertaining & Holidays
Natural Beauty
Natural Pets
Product Reviews
Book Reviews
Health & Wellness
Health & Wellness
Children's Health
Natural Soulooooo
Vegetarian Lifestyle
Attachment Parenting
Babies & Children<empty> 
Natural Family Living
Pregnancy & Birth
Free Baby Website - Affordable Baby Web Site
FREE safe and secure baby & toddler websites!
Buy Books!
Mountain Rose Herbs
FREE Baby or Child Website
Balter Catalogue Co.
Resource Links

Contact & Reprints
NFO Staff & Contributors
Advertise with us
Writer's guidelines
Google ads are not personally selected by our admin team.
Find out more.

Attachment Parenting Article
Join our newsletter for new article updates!

“I Hate My Teacher!”

By Elizabeth Pantley

You just started a new school year, and already your child is complaining about his teacher. What should you do?

Think about it. Don’t immediately assume there’s a problem. Many children complain at the start of a new year because the teacher is making them work after a summer of leisure or because they’ve overheard negative comments about the teacher. Give the relationship some time, and encourage your child to focus on his friends and schoolwork and let the relationship with the teacher develop. Let your child know that if he’s polite and a good listener, he can make the best of the situation.

Teach. Present the attitude that it’s normal for people to have differences, that differences can usually be worked out and that it’s more productive to try to make things work than to complain about them. Don’t make negative comments about the teacher to your child, since this just validates your child’s complaints and takes away any incentive to work on the relationship. Ask helpful questions to determine the reason your child dislikes his teacher. It may be a specific issue or a general personality clash. Through discussion with your child, you can often pinpoint the real problem and can then try to find a solution.

Get closer. Get involved at school so that you can spend some time in the classroom, even for a short period of time. Having a first-hand look can often give you some valuable information about the teacher and her relationship with your child.

Have a plan. If there is a specific problem, don’t rush in to fix it without thinking it through and having a plan. First, outline the reasons you feel there is a problem and describe the situations that have occurred. Next, try to come up with some possible solutions. Set an appointment with the teacher and present the information in a calm, non-accusatory manner.

Get help. If you have tried working with your child and met with the teacher and the problem still exists, it may be time to reach for more help. First, understand that if the problem is a minor one, you can make it worse by focusing on it (making a mountain out of a molehill!). If you feel that the problem is interfering with your child’s schoolwork or is affecting his emotional development, those are good reasons to seek help. Schools respond best if you move up the hierarchy; in other words, don’t approach the district superintendent unless you’ve worked with the teacher, the school counselor and principal with no positive results. Use the steps outlined in Solution #3 as you approach each person for help.

Should you change schools? Move your child to a new classroom or a new school only as a last resort. Doing so could send a message to your child that he is not capable of solving problems or that something is wrong with him. It also may teach your child to run away from problems. If the problem is so severe that you have no choice but to move your child, write a specific letter of complaint to the district superintendent so that any other children will be spared the same problem.

© Elizabeth Pantley; excerpted with permission from Perfect Parenting, The Dictionary of 1,000 Parenting Tips

Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is the author of numerous parenting books, including the widely cited The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night. Buy her books at She is a regular radio show guest and is quoted frequently on the web and in national family and women’s publications. Elizabeth lives in Washington state with her husband, their four children and her mother. Visit her at


Google ads are not personally selected. Find out more.


Natural Family Online Home Baby Care Feeding Baby Solids Parenting Teens
FREE Baby or Child Website Baby & Kids' Teeth Flu Articles PMS Articles
Free NFO eNewsletter Baby Sleeping Gentle Child Discipline Positive Parenting
NFO Chat Groups Babywearing - Baby Slings Homeopathy Articles Potty - Infant
Balter Baby Breastfeeding Information How to Use Homeopathy Potty Learning - Potty Training
Balter Catalogue Company Breastfeeding Problems Homeschooling Articles Pregnancy Health
Balter Wholesale Company Breastfeeding Milk Supply Healthy Body Pregnancy Homeopathy
Balter Catalogue Blog Breastfeeding - Other Healthy Home Pregnancy Morning Sickness
NFO Shopping Pages Breastfeeding in Public Healthy Mind & Mental Health Pregnancy Nutrition
Natural Family Resource Links Breastfeeding & Thrush Health & Wellbeing Pregnancy Problems
Natural Family Online Blog Breastfeeding Weaning Herbalism Pregnancy & Relationships
Blame Mama Zine Children & Healthy Eating Internal Cleansing Pregnancy Articles
Blame Mama 411 Circumcision - Circumcise Kid's Education Reading to Kids
Disclaimer and user agreement Cloth Diapering Kids & War Sleep Articles
<empty> Co-sleeping & the Family Bed Natural Cleaning Stress Articles
<empty> Dad Articles Natural Family Lifestyles Unschool Articles
<empty> Diaper Rash Natural Family Meals Vacation Articles
Natural Family Article Index Do it Yourself Gardening Natural Family Planning Vaccination Articles
Alcoholism & Homeopathy Do it Yourself - Home Natural Labor & Delivery Vitamins & Minerals
ADD - ADHD Do it Yourself - Hygiene Natural Parenting Winter Health & Family Articles
Attachment Parenting articles Do it Yourself - Kid's Crafts Natural Soul - Home Articles Women's Health
What is Attachment Parenting? Emotional Intelligence in Kids Organic Food Articles Yoga Articles
Baby & Child Natural Remedies Exercise Articles Parenting Stress <empty>

© 2003, 2004, 2005 Blame Mama Media All Rights Reserved. Web Hosting by Blame Mama Media. Most Graphics by .