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No Right Answer: What Do You Do When Your Child’s Teacher Isn’t A Good Fit

School desks in a classroom
School desks in a classroom
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Almost a month into the new school year, and with any luck your child is settled in to their new classes and daily routine. But what if that’s not the case? What if, a month into the new year, you’re starting to get the sense that your child and their teacher just aren’t a good match? 

Maybe you heard bad things via word of mouth from other parents, maybe you had a passing interaction that raised a red flag in your mind, or maybe your child has just been acting differently and you’re wondering if it’s just a phase or if anxiety in the classroom is to blame? Whatever the case, it can be a challenging issue to navigate, and there’s no clear answer to whether it’s best to intervene on your child’s behalf to prevent emotional damage or to try to help them get through the year in the hopes that they might learn a lesson about handling adversity.

Today on AirTalk, we want to hear from listeners who have discovered that their child’s teacher might not be a good fit. How did you handle it? What was the outcome for your child? Join our live conversation at 866-893-5722. 


Eileen Kennedy-Moore, clinical psychologist based in Princeton, New Jersey; author of "Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem" (2019, New Harbinger Publications)