Kurt has a great post on problem parents that every youth worker should read. Good stuff, here’s some of it as a tease:
We opened our registration for summer camp last night. YIKES! Hundreds of parents showed up to get in line before the 6:00 p.m. opening. Because our camp usually fills up very quickly, we’ve been forced to create a ‘hard start time’ to make it as fair for everybody as possible. Now that registration is open, they can sign up whenever they want, but for opening day, it’s 6:00 p.m……period.
Of course there are always parents who think simple guidelines and structures don’t apply to them (and we wonder why we have students who think the same way…but I digress). Last night, we had one parent who simply couldn’t accept the fact that we wouldn’t allow her to drop her registration off before 6:00. Despite the fact that there were parents waiting in a long line, she insisted she be given the right to drop her daughter’s registration off early so she could get on with her other plans.