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This is my son's last week at his German kindergarten, as they are breaking up for the summer holiday on Friday then a week later we are moving back to England. My husband thinks se should give a present to each of his teachers but I'm not convinced! What would you do?

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When my kids attended school I always bought the teacher's a small gift to say thank you. But this was easy as they only had one teacher per year. If you have a few teachers maybe you could make gifts? Or get your son to draw pictures for them. But you don't have to give anything if you don't want to! The choice is yours :)
If its something personalized and made by your child, then its a sweet gesture. But spending money and gifting something fancy; I wouldn't accept if I was a teacher. Also, it can even lead to expectations from other students, and that's not fair
No I do not agree with this practise as there are many nowadays who could not afford extra presents, and they would be "shown up" so to speak if most people gave presents.

They are paid for their work, so why give them a present.
by Finy
Just if you want to. I used to give presents to special teachers who had really helped me, but not to all of them. One year in high school we were told by the school administration that we all had to pool together and buy group presents for our form teachers. I thought that was a bit rude, since a gift isn't really a gift if it's mandatory.
There are several teachers, not always the same number each day, so I don't even know how many presents we would need! My husband was talking about buying them a bunch of flowers each.... my son doesn't really like making things and only draws when inspiration strikes, not to order, so no hope of getting enough little gifts that way....
And the situation has escalated now as the head teacher has said they will have a little "goodbye event" for Savile in the morning circle, with the implication that some cakes for the children would be a good idea. I don't bake, my husband does but he's in America! So now I'm trying to decide if I want to buy 30 cakes at 7 in the morning on Friday... not really!
I use to do it for my three boys, and their teachers.
It is a sign of respect and a big thank you.It is the thought,that
we do it.I do like the idea very much,and it teaches our children to 'honour'
important people in their lives.
It also gives the teacher a little bit of 'love' back.They do a awesome job.
I feel very strongly on honouring certain people in our lives.
I think your husband is a very caring person, on this issue.
I think this is one of those lovely traditions that should be continued. It's just a way of saying "thanks, you're doing a great job". Most teachers work hard at their job and it becomes a more and more demanding job each year. I'd give something very small to each teacher but wouldn't feel pressured to buy the cakes! How about home-made chocolate for the teachers - very little preparation involved. Melt the chocolate and mix in some coconut, glacé ginger, or nuts. Just a little each wrapped in cellophane and tied with some curling ribbon and Bob's your uncle - or teacher. ha ha! Good luck and happy moving!
I don't think it is a matter of whether they "should" get a gift or not. A gift is something that comes from the heart. If a gift becomes a requirement then it's a burden.
Exactly. If it makes you cranky, don t do it.
by lynne
Yes I think it is a nice thing to do if you like the person.
Speaking as a teacher, I really appreciate the families who write a personal note on a card. A gift is always nice but it only needs to be a small thing. I have received a tiny ceramic turtle and vases from children that I still treasure. Other simple gifts have been tiny chocolates, a fancy cup cake, a small plant that the child had potted from a cutting, candles,Christmas decorations etc but its the cards I keep and re read when I am wondering why I bother to teach.
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