Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Forget Apples, Your Teacher Wants...

As with most things involving your children, day care events can feel like a competition.

I had no idea what I was getting into when love bug started day care. Case in point, love bug’s first Christmas at school.

I had planned to give the teachers a few cookies and a card, thanking them for taking care of my boy. (I knew enough to do SOMETHING; I didn’t want to be the only parent that showed up empty handed, and I feared it would cause them to take care of him less. Crazy, I know. Or am I?)

I show up at school, and there are stacks of actual gifts for the teachers AND kids. My son was in the infant room—would the kids even care?! No, but the parents would.

Fast forward a few months. A little boy was celebrating his first birthday, and I happened to stop by to get love bug a bit early (doctor’s appointment, most likely). The mom was talking about how disappointed she was that the kids didn’t get her son anything. WERE WE SUPPOSED TO? WHERE WAS THE MEMO ON THAT?!

Jaded as I may be when it comes to school events, I have no qualms about celebrating the teachers that spend their days with my son. They are practically saints for being around eight screaming toddlers all day!

Last year, I was inspired by the color-filled aisles of Wal-Mart (yes, I shop at Wally World, don’t judge), and put together a snack-filled goody jar. 






The container is a drink dispenser. What’s inside? Salt water taffy, Goldfish crackers, drink mixes, a coordinating cup, lotion or soap and a card. It doesn’t sound like much, but it LOOKS amazing.

I guess I’m a competitor now. Damn.          

14 comments:

  1. Yes! Exactly. I always feel guilty I'm not giving the daycare providers or teachers enough around holiday time. Oh well, I'm not made of money so I often do gifts like the one in your photo. They always look great and are affordable.

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  2. OMG I would have been so upset about that mom that was mad that her kid didn't get anything from the other kids. What is that all about. I love your idea, it is very cute and doesn't break the bank. I usually bake and put it in a cute box. Sometimes I run out of time and and buy chocolates. When your child get to elementary school don't forget the lunch ladies. Nobody appreciates us ;)

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  3. I came across this from pinterest. I am a preschool teacher (not daycare) thats a very nasty word in our world. You would be suprised by how many teachers at your child's school actually have degrees. Moving on. We as teachers expect nothing. With that said it means the world to us to think that a parent went out of their way, thought of us, spent thier money on us or spent time baking for us. Pretty much a card alone with no gift tells a teacher that you thought of them. I personally would LOVE to get the gift in the picture. After all, teachers love bright colors and funky stuff. I would not stress at all. As for the parent complaining about her child not getting gifts well that is absurd and rude. I would not waste my time on a person like that. P.S no teacher would ever treat your child with any less care becuase you did not buy them anything thats almost insulting but I guess understandable. Thanks for posting a great idea. I plan on making something similar for my daughters teachers this summer.

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    1. I too am a preschool teacher and agree 100% with katy. When a child has a b-day the parent of that child brings in a store bought treat & they get a small bag of treats from the teachers but NOT from other students. If you're that greedy for gifts have a party on the weekend & invite the whole class *jeez*. I love this idea too & plan on doing something similar for my daughters teacher. Great idea!!! PS No judgement here I too am a Wally World shopper ~ you made me laugh with tht line!!!!

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  4. I too am a preschool teacher (with a credentials,these days in my state you almost have to have a degree of some sort to teach.Even on the preschool/daycare level.) who came across this by way of Pintrest! I also love this idea! I do things like this all the time for my daughters therapist! I am one of those moms that does something for every little "holiday". We appreciate our parents thinking of us so much! It doesn't matter the size of the gift! Things like this are so helpful. We don't always get a chance to get out of our rooms and grab lunch or a snack or even a drink. Gifts like these have often kept me from going hungry all day long! I am no longer teaching due to my child having special needs, I am now a "stay" at home mom and I miss teaching!
    Here is a little tip for a mom's out there. I do this some days. When sonic is doing their happy hour and I get a chance, I like to run by and pick up a drink for my daughters therapist and write them little thank you notes. I do this just at random. I had a parent that would do this for me on some of those long hot summer days,(I live in south Arkansas where its hot and humid) and it was the best treat ever, especially when I would look up across the playground and see her coming with that cup of lemonade! Its so nice to know our parents think about us and care. Thanks MOMS! It's moms like you that keep us in the game! ( not the complaining no presents mom!) Once again love this idea!!!!

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  5. I am a preschool teacher and just wanted to say, that most teachers appreciate anything, big or small. As previously stated, even a drink from Sonic or a coffee is always appreciated. I am on a limited budget myself, but I sometimes will get my kid's teachers just a $5 gift card to our local yogurt shop or an iTunes gift card. Those are things anyone will love! Thanks for doing what you can to appreciate your teachers!

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  6. Love this! I wanted to let you know that I featured you in my Teacher's Appreciation Gifts round up at: http://printabelle.com/?p=3096

    If you would like a featured button, I have one here on my About page: http://printabelle.com/?page_id=724

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    1. Thank you so very much! I'd like to go ahead and give your page a shout out on my Facebook, if that's okay?

      I'm currently working on this year's teacher appreciation gifts... can't wait to share those, too!

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    2. I'd love a shout out:) This is such a great idea, I would really enjoy receiving a gift like this. I thought maybe it could be fun for a child's birthday, with treats and toys for kids? Or maybe as a party favor? You've got me coming up with stuff! LOL! Thanks for putting up my button!

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  7. Love Love Love this idea!! Thank you so much!! I'm sharing a photo of my containers on FB and on my blog, and will be sure to link up to your page!!!

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  8. I love this!! It's so great to show a teacher that they're appreciated. When I was a kid we would always bring our teachers gifts at christmas and at the end of the school year. In my town, we only have public school, and children these days are asked not to bring anything (gifts, etc) to school. Cards and stuff are fine but I guess it makes the children who cannot afford to bring anything for the teacher feel bad about themselves. I can't imagine what would happen if a parent showed up and started complaining that nobody brought her child a gift to school!!! That is so crazy!!!

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  9. What a cute idea! Saw this on Pinterest and had to stop by and see what you put inside. :) I picked up 3 or 4 of the same dispensers [on clearance] at Wally World for my twin's 4th birthday party (Cars themed - for various flavors of Fillmore's brew), but ended up scratching that plan when the RSVPs soared alarmingly near the century mark. Another joy of school/daycare - ours requires that if invite anyone in the class you MUST invite the whole class. Add in a prolific set of in-laws, & a handful of friends and the drink dispensers would have been woefully inadequte. So on the bright side I still have the containers and now have a great idea of what to do with them!

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  10. This is a very cute idea. As both a mom and a 'daycare' worker (yes, with a degree!) your child's teachers don't expect gifts. They do, however, expect to be treated like educated adults. We understand budgets being tight since most of us earn less than the families whose children we care for. It truly IS the thought that counts, not the monetary value.

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