10 End-of-Year Gifts Teachers Will Love

At the end of the year, many parents and students wish to give teachers a token of their thanks, but they're not sure what's appropriate. The best advice I have is: Know thy teacher. So, for example, if you're not certain the teacher drinks alcohol, don't offer a bottle of wine, and don't give gift certificates to a big, corporate bookstore like Barnes & Noble to someone who was petitioning the city council not to allow any more big box stores into your town because they drive out local businesses. ...more
Something that's not been mentioned here but I know my daughter's teacher LOVES would be ...more

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5 Reasons You Should Hug a Preschool Teacher

Currently, I am doing some part-time substitute teaching in a preschool classroom, which is a fairly new experience for me. Though I was a teacher once upon a time, I worked with high school and middle school students. So we are talking about pretty much the entire opposite end of the spectrum here. I always used to think I didn't I have the special kind of patience required to be a preschool teacher. Older kids don't need the same type of refined discipline and meticulously crafted rules as the little guys. I mean, that attention to detail is exhausting....more

My Twins Maternity Leave Story

At our first ultrasound, we never thought we’d hear the doctor say that we were expecting twins. Once we had some time to wrap our heads around this incredible and unexpected news, it was time to start thinking about how we were going to plan for their arrival....more

My childhood bullies contacted me on Facebook

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Christmas Muffins and the True Meaning of Christmas

No one knows the exhaustion of the holidays more than a teacher in the days leading up to winter break (especially teachers of smaller children).No one understands the anticipation and angst of Santa's arrival more than a Kindergarten teacher on Dec. 19.No one can imagine the crazed excitement of the Christmas countdown more than teachers....more

Ways to show teachers you care

I ran across this article (which is actually from Thanksgiving, but I think it applies to Christmas just as much) about showing teachers you care. http://www.woodlandsonline.com/newsarchives/archivedetails.cfm?id=54204I have a few thoughts on gifts for teachers (the good and the "don't bother") too.The "Don't Bother" List:1. The teachers I spoke to said they have plenty of "World's Greatest Teacher Mugs." ...more

7 Unique Ideas For Your Kids' Teachers' Gifts This Holiday Season

Listen, I don't mean to alarm you, but the gift-giving season is fast approaching. Like, warp speed fast. Like, scary fast. If you don't want to be caught shopping at the very last minute, now is the time to get your act together—especially if you have kids in school and you're the type that likes to gift the teacher. The truth is that school ends before Christmas Day, so you need to get in gear now if you want to thank your kids' teacher for putting up with all of their antics thus far this school year! ...more
The wish list on Scholastic is a good idea! My kids' teachers keep libraries of books in their ...more

That's just how I feel

As a person, we have the right to stand by our opinion and that is just how I feel. I have received many responses from adult and old people-like that they like my enthusiasm and positivity....more