It all depends on the type of parents you're dealing with. Here are some useful definitions to help you make sense of it all:
- Helicopter Parents are over-involved parents who hover over their children offering to help you with every aspect of teaching their offspring.
- Lawnmower Parents run ahead of the children, smoothing away obstacles in their path and sometimes even doing their homework.
- Tiger Parents pressure their children into overachieving, sometimes at the expense of social and physical development.
- Grasshopper Parents think there are things more important than working hard at school: sports, parties, holidays, family reunions, watching TV....
- Vacation Parents steer away from the responsibility of parenting trusting somebody else will do it for them.
- Groupie Parents treat their children like rock stars.
- iParents try too hard to be cool.
Best of all, you can impress the parents - as well as help the student - by mentioning their learning style. "Annie benefits from doing her homework in the lounge on the floor," or "Ben needs to chew on something, physically, in order to chew on a complex homework problem" is exactly the type of thing most parents need to hear.