Created By: Pichu-kun on June 21, 2017 Last Edited By: Pichu-kun on October 24, 2017
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Teacher/Parent Romance

A teacher has a relationship with a parent of one of their students

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In fiction, this is commonly one of the worst nightmares for students: their bachelor/bachelorette parent dating one of their teachers. Even worse, their teacher becoming their step-parent. Even if the teacher is a Cool Teacher, it's usually awkward and embarrassing to be involved in their student's personal lives. Many students don't even think of them as actual individuals.

Teacher/Parent Romance occurs when a teacher courts, or at least falls for, the parent of one of their students. In some areas and time-periods, it's against the law, or at least is socially unacceptable to do so, leading to either a Secret Relationship or waiting until the child is no longer the teacher's student.

Compare and contrast to Teacher/Student Romance, which is when a teacher outright dates their student and is thus more of an Unequal Pairing. Related to Hot Teacher.

Examples:

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     Anime & Manga 
  • In the second chapter of Sweet Guilty Love Bites, "Guilty Love", the single mom Nina starts going out with her daughter Ryuna's preschool teacher Mayu. Ryuna is quite happy with the arrangement, however.

     Comic Books 
  • This 1950's comic from Charlton romance comic about a schoolteacher falling in love with the single father of one of her students.

     Fan Works 
  • The premise of the Frozen fanfic Teach Me is that Elsa ends up having a one-night stand with a woman she picks up at a bar, only to find out the next day that the same woman was going to be Elsa's son's teacher Anna.

     Films — Live-Action 
  • Les Choristes has prefect Clement Mathieu falling for Morhange's mother, Violette. Unfortunately...
  • In Pay It Forward, the kid hero manages to pair his Single Mom Stripper with his Cool Teacher.
  • Alles Is Liefde: Dennis cheats on his wife with the teacher of their son, Sarah; upon discovering this, his wife dumps him. During most of the movie he's still together with the teacher but at the end, he ends the relationship with her and goes back to his wife.

     Live Action TV 
  • On Full House, Danny starts dating DJ's Spanish teacher in one episode after DJ asks him to appeal to her about her failing grade and the two of them find that they have a mutual attraction. While it doesn't end up working out long-term, it does completely distress DJ for the duration of it.
  • In The Andy Griffith Show, Andy starts dating Opie's teacher Helen Crump, who later became her mother and Andy's wife. Opie never really had a problem with Andy dating her but was actually happy.
  • The Hannah Montana episode "When You Wish You Were The Star" has an alternate universe where Miley/Hannah's father Robbie Ray is in a relationship with her former homeschool teacher, who the audience can see turns out to be a Gold Digger and Evil Stepmother in the making for Hannah.
  • In the first season of Gilmore Girls, Lorelei starts dating Max Medina who is her daughter Rory's English teacher at preppy Chilton Academy. They try to keep it secret, but later date openly and even get engaged. Lorelei then breaks it off just a few days before the wedding, which is very awkward for Rory and Max.

    Webcomics 
  • The controversial Facebook-only Chilean webcomic Super MILF (not to be confused with the Spinnerette superheroine), a redhead beautiful woman in her 40s that's sexually free and also fights against injustice (mostly from "social warriors"), has one comic in which she hangs with his son's teacher, being sadly discovered by the kid after the school.

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  • Whateley Universe:
    • Mischief, who is a student at Whateley Academy, has her dad and her mentor and art teacher falling in love, and they knew each other before she became a teacher, as well.
    • Tansy's mom, Marissa Walcutt nee Dawson and Hot Rod, a.k.a Melvin Donner, as seen in then end of The Banshee's Tale:
    "During the tour you were so kind as to give me, I met a, um, large ... teacher ... in your engineering department. I think cars were his speciality ...? "
    ...
    "Melvin Donner?" Mrs. Carson [...] "What about him?
    "Is he seeing anyone?"
    "I don't believe Melvin is romantically involved, why?" Mrs. Carson asked with a gimlet eye.
    "My second condition is I want his phone number."

     Western Animation 

Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • June 21, 2017
    Getta
    Compare that draft about your parent being your schoolteacher.
  • June 21, 2017
    Orbiting
    • On Full House, Danny starts dating DJ's Spanish teacher in one episode after DJ asks him to appeal to her about her failing grade and the two of them find that they have a mutual attraction. While it doesn't end up working out long-term, it does completely distress DJ for the duration of it.
  • June 22, 2017
    TrueShadow1
    Title is too long. I suggest Parent Dating Teacher or Parent-Teacher Romance.

    Anyway, I've seen this a few times in some manga, but I can't remember the titles. In those cases, the kid is still a toddler/kindergartener, so they actually support the parent-teacher romance.
  • June 22, 2017
    Getta
    Compare that other draft about a single father marrying the nanny.
  • June 22, 2017
    sheika
    Live-Action Films
  • June 22, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    ^^ I will once those get launched.
  • June 23, 2017
    eroock
    Film:
  • June 22, 2017
    Malady
    Folderizing...

    Web Original:

    Whateley Universe: Mischief, who is a student at Whateley Academy, has her dad and her mentor and art teacher falling in love, and they knew each other before she became a teacher, as well.
  • June 26, 2017
    LB7979
    The name of this Trope would sound better as Teacher Parent Romance instead of the other way around—like Teacher Student Romance is named too.

    Example from Film — Live Action:

    • Alles Is Liefde: Dennis cheats on his wife with the teacher of their son, Sarah; upon discovering this, his wife dumps him. During most of the movie he's still together with the teacher but at the end, he ends the relationship with her and goes back to his wife.
  • June 23, 2017
    WhirlRX
    In The Andy Griffith Show, Andy starts dating Opie's teacher Helen Crump who later became her mother and Andy's wife. Opie never really had a problem with Andy dating her but was actually happy.
  • July 10, 2017
    LB7979
  • ^ Maybe we should get more examples first? I think this happened in The Princess Diaries, but I'll go check. This may be a subtrope of Parent With New Paramour.
  • July 11, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Is this going on romance only or sexual relationship is allowed here too? If that's so, then I got an example from my country:

    Web Comics:
    • The controversial Facebook-only Chilean webcomic Super MILF (not to be confused with the Spinnerette superheroine), a redhead beautiful woman in her 40s that's sexually free and also fights against injustice (mostly from "social warriors"), has one comic in which she hangs with his son's teacher, being sadly discovered by the kid after the school.
  • July 11, 2017
    Malady
    ^ That should be Squick, not Squirk.

    Also, another Whateley Universe example:

    • Tansy's mom, Marissa Walcutt nee Dawson and Hot Rod, a.k.a Melvin Donner, as seen in then end of The Banshee's Tale:
    "During the tour you were so kind as to give me, I met a, um, large ... teacher ... in your engineering department. I think cars were his speciality ...? " ... "Melvin Donner?" Mrs. Carson [...] "What about him? "Is he seeing anyone?" "I don't believe Melvin is romantically involved, why?" Mrs. Carson asked with a gimlet eye. "My second condition is I want his phone number,"
  • July 11, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^Thanks, fixed in my post
  • July 11, 2017
    MIBuddy
    I think this post is pretty much ready to go, but I do recommend (as mentioned) Teacher/Parent Romance to mirror Teacher/Student Romance.
  • July 11, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Agreed.
  • July 12, 2017
    Renkin3
    • Hannah Montana episode "When You Wish You Were The Star" has an alternate universe where Miley/Hannah's father Robbie Ray is in a relationship with her former homeschool teacher, who the audience can see turns out to be a Gold Digger and Evil Stepmother in the making for Hannah.
  • July 12, 2017
    fearlessnikki
    The Princess Diaries has a potentially good page quote - "How does my mother go to a parent-teacher conference and come back with a date?"

    • Sisters No Way's plot is kicked off when Cindy's father has to see her guidance counsellor. It morphs into a full blown romance and marriage.
    • Eight Simple Rules has Cate angst over this twice. She considers dating the coach Scott, but decides not to due to her daughter's crush on him. She also has Belligerent Sexual Tension with the principal.
  • July 14, 2017
    Skylite
    • Henry Danger: a played with example. Ray, Henry's mentor in the hero world has an obvious crush on Henry's mom, right down to counting how many times they've spoken. But All Love Is Unrequited in this instance, as Henry's mom is Happily Married.
  • August 1, 2017
    meticulousMorology
  • August 1, 2017
    Koveras
    • In the second chapter of Sweet Guilty Love Bites, "Guilty Love", the single mom Nina starts going out with her daughter Ryuna's preschool teacher Mayu. Ryuna is quite happy with the arrangement, however.
  • August 8, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    I feel the description needs a paragraph before the current one, but I can't seem to come up with anything.
  • September 5, 2017
    XFllo
    I think it's quite good as it is. What do you think should be added?

    Anyway, one more example in Live action TV.

    • In the first season of Gilmore Girls, Lorelei starts dating Max Medina who is her daughter Rory's English teacher at preppy Chilton Academy. They try to keep it secret, but later date openly and even get engaged. Lorelei then breaks it off just a few days before the wedding, which is very awkward for Rory and Max.
  • September 5, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    I added a second paragraph a few hours ago. I suppose it's okay now?
  • September 17, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    Launching soon if everything is fine.
  • September 17, 2017
    PistolsAtDawn
    Comic book

    • This 1950's comic from Charlton romance comics. About a schoolteacher falling in love with the single father of one of her students.
  • September 18, 2017
    LavonPapillon1
    • The premise of the Frozen fanfic Teach Me is that Elsa ends up having a one-night stand with a woman she picks up at a bar, only to find out the next day that the same woman was going to be Elsa's son's teacher Anna.
  • October 24, 2017
    AnoneMouseJr
    • Animorphs: Marco's father had a mental breakdown when his wife (supposedly) died, and sank into a deep depression, even losing his job as a computer engineer. He eventually starts dating again... and his new girlfriend Nora is Marco's algebra teacher. It doesn't last - soon after they marry, Marco finds out his mother (or at least the Yeerk inside her) was Faking The Dead again, and some time after that, Nora is captured and infested, while Marco frees his mother at about the same time, allowing her to reunite with her husband as the entire family goes into hiding.
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