Teachers should consider viewing vocal parents as advocates for their children -- who can be converted into strong allies -- even when at first they might seem challenging or difficult, behavior-management consultant Allen Mendler writes in this blog post. Among other things, Mendler suggests educators tap into parents' expertise about their child and remember to share positive comments before discussing any negative behaviors. "It is a lot easier to get parents to become part of the solution when you express how their child is an asset in class," Mendler writes.

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