The ghost
You are so absent, the teacher can barely recognise you.
“I pay school fees, so let them get on with it.” This is your mantra, and you truly don’t see why you should be involved in your child’s education. You pride yourself on never attending school functions, and if the teacher leaves you a message, you would never call back.

If your child does well at school, you feel vindicated in your attitude, and if he or she doesn’t, the school is to blame. Your child will want you to come to the school concert, but you never will.

Pros: At least you don’t get in the way of the teacher’s methods. Your child quickly learns to be independent and will enjoy the freedom.

Cons: You are missing out on the detail of your child’s life, and this may create a barrier between you in the long run. You are not sharing those special moments such as sports days and prizegivings, which you may one day regret. By not engaging with the teacher, you may miss the chance to nip problems in the bud.

Action: Unless you are on the run from the FBI, you can surely make the odd appearance at school functions? Make an effort to at least know who your child’s class teacher is, and to greet her before you drop the child off.

Not quite right? Go back and find another profile that’s more appropriate.

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