Originally Posted by catsandhorses
I'm sure many trainers deal with parents that are disruptive to lessons in various ways. Obviously you cannot control a parent but at the same time they shouldn't be allowed to create uncomfortable or potentially hazardous environments. So how have you handled sticky situations?
It depends on the situation, really. Are they bothering private lessons or group lessons? Is their presence unnecessarily distracting? Are they trying to teach the lesson?
I'm not a riding instructor, but I was a swimming instructor for several years and dealt with parents that would coddle their scared-to-swim kids, disrupt class, etc. Normally, I would just have a word with the parent and how their actions were disrupting class, distracting their kids, etc. But sometimes I would ask if they could sit in the parents waiting area -- located behind a glass wall where they could watch, but not speak.