9.01.2006

What NOT To Say To Parents

My top 5 list of things NOT to say to parents of your junior high students:

5) Uh....about your mini van we borrowed.
4) I know you're concerned about her, but she's only copying the behavior she sees at home. If you could just be a better example...
3) Trust me.
2) Look, if we left your son at camp I'm sure there was a good reason.
1) You don't know what a blue flame is? Here let me show you.

Okay, add one or two of your own.

9 comments:

Kevin Norlander said...

Hi... Mr. and Mrs. Smith... um... ya... At least the Judge only set bail at $10,000

or...

It sounded like a good idea at the time...

Here's to not having to use any of these!

~PastorKevin

joshua michael said...

We have a jh leader that was nicknamed the blue flame.

puddles said...

1. I will meet you at the hospital.

2. He went into the woods with a girl. Let me go find him.

Sean said...

ouch...I actually did say #4 to a mom that had really ticked me off once. It was only my second year in full-time ministry, as if that's really an excuse. The daughter was our youth groups big gossip, and some parents were concerned about lies which were being spread about their kids. Things blew up, and I had to talk with the parents. In the meeting, the mom was bad mouthing all the other moms and their kids, and being really ugly and a huge gossip. I said something along the lines of, well, I see where she gets it now. BIG TIME stupid on my part...still, it makes for a great "what not to do" story!

JD said...

"Well, we were trying to see how many students we could fit into the elevator..." (Actually happened last year at camp)

Rob C said...

"Are you SURE your kid got on the bus this morning? I don't remember seeing him."

"No, I really didn't think he could hit your daughter with the football from that far away." (Actual, real-life comment)

MC said...

Which one is your kid again?

danny bowers said...

No man, i did not intend on seeing the branch break when i encourage him to swing on it...

Sir, you may want to come over here. Your son was just run over by a motorcycle in the church parking lot...(true event)

Yes we did intend for them to collide while blindfolded & no we did not think they would nock each other out, they did have helmets on (true statement)

Bethany Boring said...

"I promise, if they played spin the bottle, nobody got their first kiss..."

We actually had to ask one of our parents to make sure their son did not pack any flavored condems for our youth trips (it has been a frequent visitor...the guys use them to put in the girls bags as a joke...). When we confronted the parent, her response was...no kidding, "Well, I just wanted him to be prepared for those fun times you guys have on those trips." I think we need a youth ministry extreme makeover.