Do You Have to Give Teacher Gifts?

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It’s that time of year again where parents are buying their children’s teacher gifts to say thanks for all their hard work throughout the year. But why has buying gifts for teachers become such a big trend? And do you have to give teachers gifts?

There are many reasons why parents decide to get their child’s teacher gifts every year. First, many parents feel the need to pay back to their child’s teacher for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year. The teacher teaches your child and nurtures them for six hours a day. So, parents often feel obligated to give them a little something special in return.

Most parents give their child’s teacher a gift because they’re trying to set a good example to their children. Parents try to teach their children good manners, generosity, and kindness. What better way to do this than to offer your child’s teacher a gift to show your appreciation. Your child will love to see the joy on their teacher’s face when they hand them a gift however big or small.

Some parents think that they’re expected to give a teacher a gift at the end of the year. But, this is not the case. A simple chat with your child’s teacher to thank them for all the work they have done for your child means just as much as a physical gift.

Today, a lot of parents believe that there is a lot of competition to get their child’s teacher the best and most expensive gift. This is unnecessary and often leads to a lot of children feeling left out. Not all parents can afford to get their child’s teacher lavish gifts for Christmas and at the end of the school year. There is no need to go overboard every year. Especially, if a parent has more than one child and multiple teachers to buy for. A simple handmade thank you card or homemade cookies can be just as special, and heartfelt as a shop bought gift.

Surprisingly, some parents like to give their child’s teacher to make up for their child’s poor behaviour. But no gift can make up for consistent bad behaviour and poor manners. It cannot bring back all the time the teacher has spent disciplining and talking one to one with your child. Doing this rewards the teacher for putting up with your child’s behaviour. It also teaches your child that bad behaviour is acceptable and can be rectified by a small gift.

Giving your child’s teacher a gift at the end of the summer term is totally up to your discretion. If you choose to give your child’s teacher make sure you are doing it for the right reason and thanking them for their hard work and not to compensate for your child’s behaviour. The gift that you give your child’s teacher doesn’t have to be lavish or expensive. A simple handmade card or chocolates are appreciated by all teachers. Or if you choose not to give your child’s teacher, that’s perfectly fine too!


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