My son's swimming instructor insists that all the parents leave the pool deck entirely during the lesson. I find this weird because all of the other teachers encourage the parents to stay and watch from the bleachers on the deck. This is not a policy of the facility that parents can't watch, just this one teacher. It makes me wonder why? I always stayed and watched because I enjoy seeing DS swim, but now I want to stay because the teacher wanting us to leave so badly makes me suspicious (and the other parents feel the same). Would you stay and watch or leave like the teacher says?
Note: I'm not helicoptering here, if it was the facility's policy that the parents wait somewhere else, I would... but it's just this particular teacher. The parents for all the other classes going on at the same time remain on the bleachers. And the other sections are all full, so I can't just switch teachers.
ETA: A couple things coming up in the comments- The instructor is female. DS is 3, and the other kids in the class are 3-4. The bleachers are far enough away from the area of the pool where the lessons are that any interaction between parent/child would be very difficult. Most of the kids don't even notice the parents are there, honestly.
ETA 2: Wow, featured post! Just wanted to add that the bleachers are across the pool and at the other end of it from where the swim lessons are. So distraction shouldn't really be an issue here.
ETA 3: The reason she gave today is that the kids will cry and try to get out if the parents stay. But none of the kids in the class have done that thus far (2 classes) and all the parents but one stayed for both classes. I should have mentioned this earlier because a lot of you have been asking about this. Thus far, she seems like a good instructor, but I don't know if that's just because she's on "good behavior" with the parents there.