Lovable Parents

  1. I really enjoy some of my parents. This exchange just makes me giggle..

    Me: Hello, is this Mrs. Darling?
    Mom: Yes.
    Me: I need you to come pick up Little Darling, he is running a fever.
    (History with this student he has major allergies and will get sick easy.)
    Me: Boy, when he gets sick he does it well.
    Mom: Yes, he is the best sick kid I know.

    We both laughed.

    Shortly after this exchange had a separate student come in after she injured her finger by smashing it with a hammer. She said my dad always says "You gotta be tough if you are going to be stupid."
    •  
  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   GdBSN
    Quote from ctate
    "You gotta be tough if you are going to be stupid."
    I think I am going to use this next time my students come in with "stupid" injuries.
  4. by   KeeperOfTheIceRN
    Quote from ctate
    Shortly after this exchange had a separate student come in after she injured her finger by smashing it with a hammer. She said my dad always says "You gotta be tough if you are going to be stupid."
    Ha! He's my favorite parent and he doesn't even belong to me!
  5. by   KKEGS
    The great parents are what gets me through the tough ones. We had a first grader break his nose in gym class on Monday. He came back to school today. Mom couldn't have been nicer or more laid back about it.

    Then we have the parent who screamed at my health office staff about not coming anywhere near her child because every time they do it "costs her money!", specifically lice treatment and an urgent care co pay. She is now banned from talking to the health office staff and we must direct all communication through the principal. Which is fine by me! Ugh.
  6. by   kidzcare
    Quote from KKEGS
    She is now banned from talking to the health office staff and we must direct all communication through the principal. Which is fine by me! Ugh.
    Yikes! Glad for you!
  7. by   NutmeggeRN
    Quote from KKEGS

    Then we have the parent who screamed at my health office staff about not coming anywhere near her child because every time they do it "costs her money!", specifically lice treatment and an urgent care co pay. She is now banned from talking to the health office staff and we must direct all communication through the principal. Which is fine by me! Ugh.
    Winning!
  8. by   Flare
    Ha ha! I've been there! The parent got so mad at me for suggesting that I take the child for an x-ray - which, by the way, the arm was broken, but somehow i should have been able to set it in my office. Parent was still mad - AT ME - the next day when she brought the kid back in with the paperwork and cast. The topper... wait for it... kid didn't even hurt himself at school - came in that way.

    On the other hand, let's hear it for the parent that just gets it - not afraid to get their kid on the phone and tell them to suck it up and get back to class. The ones that call us to tell us that Jimmy might come down at some point to pull some crap because he forgot to do his English report. You see your kid is sick, and you keep them home. Love it! We salute you, parents that have a brain, and use it!!
  9. by   moreoreo
    Quote from Flare
    Ha ha! I've been there! The parent got so mad at me for suggesting that I take the child for an x-ray - which, by the way, the arm was broken, but somehow i should have been able to set it in my office. Parent was still mad - AT ME - the next day when she brought the kid back in with the paperwork and cast. The topper... wait for it... kid didn't even hurt himself at school - came in that way.
    How awful, but sadly I can imagine it!

    Most of my parents are reasonable people; I've only had a couple go off for random things in the year plus that I have been here. Some of them don't make sense (either picking up for nothing at all, or "if it's not an emergency then why do I have to pick him up?") but usually they're fairly calm about it. The parents I appreciate most these days are the ones who actually tend to their children's hair when we discover lice instead of sending them back with tons of viable nits day after day so everyone else gets to be on edge about it. Especially when they are thankful for instruction on how to do it and reasonable about the fact that children are going to get it (i.e., not angrily assuming it has to be the school's fault that it happened).
    Last edit by moreoreo on Dec 7
  10. by   Flare
    i'll be honest - i think there was so much more going on in that house, but i couldn't prove anything more than my hunch. Kid has graduated since.
  11. by   BeckyESRN
    I called a dad because his 5th grader was c/o stomach ache. The kid appeared totally fine, but his buddy had gone home for a stomach ache the day before (buddy had a fever and vomited in my office), but his "belly hurt" and he would not stay in class.
    "Mr. SoAndSo, Timmy is c/o of a belly ache. He appears okay, no fever, ate lunch and went to recess, but he keeps coming back to my office, so I figured it was time to let you know."
    Dad: "Tell him to knock it the hell off. Can you say Hell? You have my permission to say Hell to my kid"
    Me: trying not to die laughing "How about I put him on the phone and you tell him to knock it the hell off?"

    One of the best phone calls ever
  12. by   kidzcare
    Quote from BeckyESRN
    I called a dad because his 5th grader was c/o stomach ache. The kid appeared totally fine, but his buddy had gone home for a stomach ache the day before (buddy had a fever and vomited in my office), but his "belly hurt" and he would not stay in class.
    "Mr. SoAndSo, Timmy is c/o of a belly ache. He appears okay, no fever, ate lunch and went to recess, but he keeps coming back to my office, so I figured it was time to let you know."
    Dad: "Tell him to knock it the hell off. Can you say Hell? You have my permission to say Hell to my kid"
    Me: trying not to die laughing "How about I put him on the phone and you tell him to knock it the hell off?"

    One of the best phone calls ever
    Hahahahaha!

    One of my favorites (though I was quite frustrated with the student since he came to my office easily 10x a week) was a junior high boy who was consistently going for the shock factor came in and told me his penis hurt. I asked if he had injured himself and he said no. So I said, all we can do is call home

    Me: Snowflake is in my office and says that he is having pain to his private parts but that he didn't get hit in the groin or anything.
    Mom: Oh, Gawd... I don't know. Maybe he's been pulling on it too hard.
    Me: Well.... I'm not sure. As long has there hasn't been a traumatic injury to his groin, I'm not going to take a look, but if it continues you may want to call his physician
    Mom: I have 3 other boys. It'll continue.

  13. by   hppygr8ful
    Quote from GdBSN
    I think I am going to use this next time my students come in with "stupid" injuries.
    Sounds funny but I foresee a student going home and telling not so cute parents "The nurse called me stupid"

    Hppy
  14. by   scuba nurse
    I love the phone calls when I say to the parent "well, I do not really think Snowflake is sick, but I would give her an Emmy award if I had one, because she is doing some great acting!" LOL

close