Parent's Response to Teacher's Email About Child's Sleeping Habits Dragged

The internet dragged a parent for their response to an email from their child's teacher about their sleeping habits.

Published to Reddit's "AmITheA**hole" forum, a parent under the username u/AwkwardPato shared their story in order to get the opinions of the "AITA" community. The viral post has over 6,000 upvotes and 4,000 comments.

The Redditor shares the short email conversation they had with their child's teacher. In the teacher's email, she explains how the parent's child fell asleep and wasn't participating in class. She encouraged the parent to make sure their child gets a good night's sleep so they are ready for class.

How many hours of sleep should children get each night? It is recommended that school-aged children ages 5 to 12 get nine to 12 hours of sleep, per Cleveland Clinic. Teenagers aging from 13 to 18 should get eight to 10 hours of sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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A parent took their story to Reddit's "AmITheA**hole" forum to see if they were in the wrong for the email they sent to their child's teacher. fizkes/iStock / Getty Images Plus

The parent wrote back: "Your implication that (Child) does not/ did not get an adequate amount of sleep is offensive. (Child) regularly goes to bed at an appropriate time. We have never been alerted to any concerns as to this issue before."

"Perhaps taking time to communicate with (Child) about how (they) might be feeling or checking in to ensure (they are alright) alright may have been a more effective route than sending such a presumptuous email," they continued.

The parent also explained in the email that their child was "under a great deal of stress" during the week and is in "recuperation mode." The parent accused the teacher of not understanding that children have other commitments other than school and that she should communicate with students more.

The parent wrote that their husband believes they were in wrong for sending the email. However, they defended their actions by explaining that there was only a short amount of days left before the end of the year and how there was never a problem until recently.

Reddit users were quick to slam the original poster (OP).

"Yikes. [You're the A**hole]," u/thirdtryisthecharm wrote, receiving the top comment with over 24,000 upvotes, "You went straight to attack mode, which was NOT called for. And if your child is in 'recuperation mode' it is your responsibility as the parent to make sure they recuperate at home - whether that means going to bed early, or taking a day off school."

"Teachers don't get paid enough to deal with this s**t," u/AdEquivalent1960 wrote, receiving over 14,000 upvotes.

U/Candy4Mandy stated, "This is why teachers are quitting (in addition to the s**t pay) Expressing concern and OP thinks it's a personal attack on their parenting so instead of thanking the teacher for bringing it to their attention, they expect the teacher to do their job as a parent and cross examine the kid on why they napped. [You're the A**hole]."

"A+ teacher for making you aware of how your kid is. Your reply comes across as defensive and is plain rude," u/einsteinGO said.

Newsweek has reached out to u/AwkwardPato for comment.