Teacher/Parent Romance

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.


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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.
  • Inverted (that is, a teacher's parent marrying one of his students) in UQ Holder!, where it was revealed that Negi's father married Eva post-Mahou Sensei Negima!.

     Comic Books 
  • This 1950's comic from Charlton romance comic Sweethearts #86, 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.
  • Gifted has Cool Uncle Frank (played by Chris Evans) take custody of his niece Mary, a Child Prodigy. When Mary start school, she wows her teacher Bonnie who then gets to know Frank and one thing leads to another. The situation culminates when Mary sees her teacher coming out of Frank's bedroom after the two got drunk and had a one-night-stand.

     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.
  • Subverted in Veronica Mars. Veronica's father Keith starts getting friendly with her guidance counselor, but he decides to break it off when it becomes clear that Veronica is not past her Missing Mom yet.

  • 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.

    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.
    • 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."

    Visual Novel 
  • Dream Daddy: One of the possible love interests, Hugo, is your daughter Amanda's English teacher. Amanda takes it in stride though, and is as supportive of your relationship with him as she would be with any of the other love interests.

     Western Animation