Hi, I’m currently in my third year of teaching. As the years pass, I am finding the job is making me more and more anxious, to the point where I can no longer enjoy my weekends anymore. Although the workload is partly to blame, I feel as though parents are my biggest worry. I have had one parent in particular writing poisonous Facebook statuses about me (usually about homework) and at the last Parent Consultations I received some negative/arrogant remarks when I tried to give constructive criticism (particularly from fathers!). I never seem to get any positive feedback from parents- even though I put myself on the line emotionally day-in day-out to ensure their child has not only an excellent education, but a good school experience/childhood too. And yet I seem to be villainised for it. I can do nothing right. I am a naturally positive person but this job is ripping me apart emotionally and I feel like a shadow of my former self. I’m not sure where I am going wrong. I did wonder if perhaps it’s because I am ‘young and female’ I don’t want to use that as an excuse though. I just want to hear other people’s experiences of parents. Whether I am just a terrible communicator with them which is causing rifts... I think I’m going to leave the profession regardless. Life is too short for feeling like a failure every waking minute of every day. I went into this job thinking it would be rewarding, yet all it’s done is made me feel like a terrible person. Sorry for the doom and gloom!