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2 Tips for Dealing with School Conversations

Have you ever been in a situation where you wished you could run and hide? Well I was in that type of situation today. My youngest son is in middle and is doing very well. His grades have improved since he left elementary school and he’s able to do elective classes and he’s having a great time.

The elementary school years were very hard on him because he routinely gave up recess time, came in before school, and stayed after school for help he needed so he could become a better student. Since the change happened he’s much happier, he loves the fact that he gets to take the classes he wants, and he’s eager to learn.

The hard part came today when I was talking to a parent and she was telling me how disappointed she is in the school. She told me she’d pull her son if it were possible, but it’s too late in the school year to get him in to the school she’d choose. She registered her daughter for middle school a few days ago and has decided to put her in the school she wanted to put her son in originally.

How do you discuss this type of thing with someone who is so unhappy when you’re not? There are several ways I can come up with, but I’m not sure if they’re right or not. I think the final decision will come during the conversation.

One way is to be sympathetic for the person and listen to what they have to say. Offer advice if you have anything that might help them get through it. Lending an ear is another way to help this person through it without telling the person how happy you are with the school. As a last resort, if you don’t have anything nice to say, try to change the subject to something else.

The other way to do this conversation is to voice your opinion in the situation. While this may not be the best way to go if the person you’re talking to is a friend or co-worker it is an option if you choose to go this route. You need to remember your child may be smarter than the other child or their child may have a learning disability that may or may not be the problem. Voicing your opinion could do more harm than good depending on the situation.

Certain situations can be difficult to discuss and may frustrate you or the person you’re talking to, but it happens. The best thing you can do is handle each situation as they come and try to make the best decision you can. When you do, you’ll be the better person the majority of the time.

Corrie Petersen is a successful ghostwriter and the owner of She is married and has two wonderful boys. She enjoys working her business, but more importantly she loves spending time with her family. Go to her mommy blog at to see what her family is up to.

About Corrie


My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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