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.