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I am watching television when my daughter comes over for a cuddle. Nothing unusual in that, perhaps, except that she is 23, has a full-time job, and is used to travelling round the world on her own. Most of the time, her response to even an affectionate hair ruffle is to dart away.

So while this momentary closeness is a poignant reminder of her earlier years, I feel a touch of anxiety as well. Is anything going on in her life that she needs help with? The truthful answer is, probably not that much. While the market is saturated with books on babyhood, early childhood and the teens, there are remarkably few about the young adult phase, particularly its deeper emotional aspects.

Now we can just about get through a discussion on what to eat for supper. Like most of my friends, I left home straight after university. Says the mother of one year-old: I thought we had done the separation thing successfully. I have settled down to life on my own and am relishing it.

But having her back in my home? A friend whose son experiences occasional bouts of depression says: And he was right, of course. But it feels very hard, partly because we are living under the same roof and I can see the mistakes he is making on a daily basis.

Indeed, it may positively tumble out, wholly unedited. Slowly, I have learned to listen more, and talk less, so that nowadays I largely stay silent, bar encouraging murmurs, or prompt questions, offering little commentary or advice which is surprisingly hard unless asked which, these days, I almost never am. Rather like the skills of a loving friendship, which a surprisingly high number of adults never master either, it is not easy to get right, but all too clear when it goes wrong.

Almost all parents have struggled with similar feelings, but the important thing is to learn to keep them contained. On the other hand, a little effort goes a long way. They refused on the grounds that this loss was really nothing to do with them.

That breach endured and coloured his relationship with them for decades. I am also convinced that parents who have their own fulfilling lives are the best kind for young adults. My mother and father were always busy and purposeful. I never felt I had to visit them or that they needed me there to make their life complete. But whether things are going well or badly, we remain, and always should be, the safe haven, the last resort, the taken for granted, the ultimate backup.

I can still remember how reassuring it was to know during my thrilling, terrifying, tedious 20s that if this project or that relationship crashed and burned, there was always a place for me. A door I could knock on day or night. A friendly face, someone ready to put the kettle on, share a meal, take a friendly interest or, yes, offer that crucial hug of reassurance. Paradoxically, the more I could depend on it, the less I needed to: Lizzie Brooke is a pseudonym.

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It's a thankless job many times, and they are just hoping for some parental support, and yes, for children and parents to be a little appreciative by the end of the year. In most cases, teachers ARE the only parent figure some children will ever have! God bless all you educators out there! Keep pressing, strive to become better in your craft, and please don't stop I do think as parents we should encourage our children to at least write a thank you letter to their teachers.

After all, for most families, teachers see our children more hours out of the day than we do! Tara B - June 1st, at 4: And, I thought the blog was great! I only have 1 child, and was fed up months ago! I ask my son every single day, with many, many questions, about his day. I ask about announcements, homework, etc The only way I find out anything is by hijacking his book bag.

I'm trying to make him more responsible about his actions by not hovering over him. I'm so ready for the summer! Keep pressing mommies everywhere! Sue - June 1st, at 1: A letter, hug, quick nice email I am in heaven 37 years and still teaching Reply.

Sarah - June 1st, at 8: It is OUR JOB to supply our students with things their parents and the system can't pencils, bandaids, breakfast, lunch -- yes I have fed my students because their parents don't send them to school with breakfast or don't refill money on their lunch account. Our job is to teach curriculum. Our passion and hearts make it different from a job. Stephanie - May 31st, at 7: I am a nurse, and I get bit, kicked , cussed at and I literally have people's lives in my hands I knew that going in and i don't complain about it.

You are not a martyr. Love your job or move on That being said I love my kids teachers and am so thankful for them. Cherie - May 31st, at 7: Said just like someone who has never stepped foot in a classroom full of 25 6 year olds! Stephanie - June 1st, at Not joking here Cheri, I actually have a teaching degree, have been in the classroom.

Wendy - May 3rd, at 2: You shouldn't have been a teacher if your grammar is that atrocious! Starinas - June 1st, at 1: Being a teacher is hard work, but so are many, many other jobs out there including being a mom.

If I get something, great, if not no biggie! I know my kids love me whether they make me a card or not. Name - May 31st, at 7: Hey, Stephanie; feel free to take 2 months off this summerwithout pay, just like teachers do. Mrstith - June 1st, at 1: I'm a teacher and no teacher takes 2 months off without pay. Graham - June 1st, at 1: I'm an elementary teacher also, and I've not been paid one red cent in July and August for the last 19 years I've been teaching.

I don't know where you teach Mrstith, but it's certainly not in my district. Mel - June 1st, at 8: Teachers in our county in Md. They can choose a lesser pay check amount during the year to have a steady summer check. I thought that was pretty much standard practice. CPS teacher - June 2nd, at 2: That just means that your salary for the months you do work was distributed so that your earnings are budgeted throughout the year.

The summer paychecks are the money you should have earned while you were working. You aren't paid to be off during the summer, but are getting the money that was withheld throughout the school year that you have already earned. Jane McKee - June 1st, at 8: Every single one in the Pittsburgh Public School System does. No pay from June 17 - Sept. Nathaniel - June 1st, at 8: You can have your year's pay divided into 12 or We always went for 12 so that we have a paycheck all year round. Some people go for 10 so that their paychecks are larger.

Regardless, you get paid for 10 months of work. Edik - April 28th, at 2: My district and the whole state of Pennsylvania, from what I understand pays me for 10 months of work.

The payroll department spreads the salary out over 12 months. Realitycheck - May 15th, at I'm unemployed from the last day of school to the first day of school.

I don't know what works you're living in. Zero dollars from June til the end of August. Keep living your privilege Reply. Amber - May 31st, at 7: I am an RN and work in a nursing home.

I love my job and I love my residents. I am whatever my residents need me to be. I am their mother, their daughter, their teacher, their friend, their of course nurse.

I have spent hours of my own personal time at the bedside of sick and dying residents. I have been there for them when their family cannot.

I have spent my own personal money on clothes, shoes, Christmas presents, last week I even bought a resident's grandaughter a birthday present because he had not the money nor the capability of purchasing one. I have loved my residents and have cried with them in their final years and have cried for them as they are "celestially discharged.

I pray that I never am placed in a situation where I have to physically protect from harm and danger in such a way that places myself in danger, but, placed in that situation, I know I would do what I would have to. I don't receive gifts for my service. I don't expect gifts. This is the profession I have chosen and if I get a thank you in an occasional obituary, I am satisfied.

Our children are who they are because of your wonderful influence. Susan - May 31st, at 9: When my father was in the memory unit of a care facility, my sister and I regularly brought treats for the care givers, they were allowed to keep them and share them in their break room. A couple of bags of chips or cookies or a veggie tray. Those care givers did an awesome job taking care of my dad and they each got a thank you card after he passed away Reply. Shelley - May 31st, at 8: So, we do it.

And YOU, as parents, are parents days a year. Sorry, but you don't get a day off. Receptionists don't wipe a child's backside when they end up stinky and soiled for one reason or another. How many professions care about the dignity of the individual? That could not have been said better! Thank you for representing us teachers so well!! Karen B - June 1st, at 5: I gave my boys are all grown teachers gifts because each teacher not only gave out of her own pocket for classroom supplies, but gave love, compassion and affection to my child ren when I couldn't and on top of those things, she taught them a curriculum decided by a committee of the same types of people who require AMES testing!

I am NOT a teacher but have more respect for them than for almost any profession in the world. Thanks to all teachers who sacrifice so much. Eileen - June 1st, at 8: We get a 30 minute prep for grading papers and tests, planning lessons, conferencing with parents, returning phone calls, reading and writing emails, photocopying office assistant cut out of the budget , meeting with the principal this is usually done after school on my own time , committee meetings unpaid, and we need to be on these committees to receive extra points for the new APPR teacher evaluations , I leave my classroom at 5: This is a second career for me and in spite of what it has become over the years, the children inspire me because there is nothing better than seeing them progress and change throughout the school year.

Every day is different with new joys and challenges, and I get to meet a brand new group of remarkable children each year while feeling sad as my current group moves up to the middle school. The best end of year gift is a handmade card that I can read again years from now and remember that child like no time has passed.

I would not trade that part of my job for anything. Thanks to Jen for making me laugh so hard and truly appreciate the daily struggles of raising children. I remember those days! And yes, my girls are out on their own and my husband and I are enjoying the empty nest syndrome in our early fifties. Enjoy those early precious years. You will miss them someday!

Liz - June 1st, at 8: I couldn't agree more Sarah. Karen - June 1st, at 9: Sarah, you put it so well. I am inspired to go get my son's teacher a gift. Because school is out in 4 more days, and there's nothing like a deadline to force me off the couch. She deserves so much more than what I can afford. Katia - June 1st, at 9: This is an excellent response. I work in a very low SES school so I don't expect gift but I'm sure glad when I receive a card, a scribble or a dollar-store gift I don't need or when a parent thanks me on the phone for going above and beyond with his kid.

I'm on every day of the week, think, plan and spend for my kids every day and although I would not get paid enough to be a receptionist, the job stops as soon as you leave your desk. Oh, and I just received the new curriculum and books for next year. I guess my job doesn't actually stop over the summer either: Marianne - June 1st, at 9: How about the special ed staff? My professional code of conduct frowns on anything more than a bottle of water from the families I work with I mean, really, what can I give to a teacher who had to deal with my son all year without any help?

Scottye - November 5th, at 8: I knew nothing of the challenges of being an educator when I signed up for the job. You begin with ideals, hopefully, learn it's harder than you thought possible, so there was good reason to be nervous. But if you're truly an educator, at some point perhaps in the first year or the second it ceases to be a job and turns into what it seems you were born to do.

Yes, good teachers go above and beyond what many other professionals do, but it makes all the difference in how we impact our students year to year. I agree that teaching is a calling. Those to take the job and don't put their hearts into it are not respected by students. For both parents, students and teachers, meditation is a scientifically proven method of managing stress, focus, adds hours to the day through a relaxation deeper than sleep, increases brain function, helps with appreciation of life and more.

Melissa - May 17th, at 9: My favorite gifts are handmade or just a simple note saying thank you for caring about my kid. Nurse you can compare to teaching. Secretary, sorry but no way. Unless you are a school secretary that is! Wendy - May 15th, at 8: Teresa - May 15th, at 9: Thank you for that amazing comment.

Being an educator, I wanted to write one too bu it's nearly the end of May. Cheryl - June 14th, at 3: I am shocked and appalled to read comments from educators explaining why they are deserving of a gift.

I have donated my time to support literacy programs in my daughter's classroom, as well as, in the school as a whole. I am not the only one that volunteers 2 to 5 hours per week. I am really disturbed that so many teachers think they are self deserving.

Should I cry when I don't get a thank you card from the school's teacher association? A true gift comes from the heart. As a parent, I should not feel coerced to doling out gifts to teachers because it's "tradition. In today's society, unless you are a shift worker, most professional jobs do require work to be done beyond the standard hour week.

I worked at an engineering firm, and I was working hour weeks at a salary position. This means that I didn't get paid to stay on the job to make sure that projects were executed correctly. I am not writing to complain about my career path; instead, I think that people need to quit their complaining.

For those teachers out there that are not happy, change your life course and do something about it instead of complain. AJ - May 31st, at 5: Your job isn't as important as a teacher's job is. Also, you are a bitch. I'm not a teacher and I wouldn't want that responsibility.

Name - May 31st, at 8: A nurse isn't as important as a teacher? Hope you are never hospitalized. It's telling that you feel the need to use the word "bitch". Seems like a mirror is in order on that one.

Chris - May 31st, at 6: I'm a teacher who works til 2: I love receiving a gift. I sacrifice so much of my own time, money, sleep, exercise, etc so that I can go check on that kid at lunch when he felt sick but he really has anxiety and so therefore I don't eat It's a very very very busy job. An appreciation gift is lovely. Not necessary, but simply devine! I think that this the the point I homeschool for various reasons the above article being one of the bigger ones and one of the things I have taught my children hopefully is to show appreciation, if you are thankful because somebody has done something for you, you do something for them.

I think this might be a bit different though than feeling pressured to buy a gift for your child's teacher. Nevermind that there's no way some families, especially with multiple children, can afford it, but also, why perpetuate the idea of more stuff? ALSO, I for one wouldn't want to feel that kids were giving me things because it was expected of them. The POINT, imho is that you want to feel appreciated, not that they have one more thing to stress about.

I agree wholeheartedly that teaching especially a large group of children is crazy hard The burden of guilt for the lack of resources should NOT be put on the parents, and by default, the children Basically, yes, the receiving of a gift would be wonderful, if it's from the heart and from honest appreciation which is what should be taught but the expectation of a THING expected from a child and honestly, as stated above etc That's just not right.

Maria - May 31st, at 6: I am a teacher and I don't expect a gift but If I make a difference in someones life I would think someone would like to show some appreciation. Please no disrespect but Do not compare me to a receptionist I have spent several years in school learning how to enhance my kids lives so they can be the best they can be.

Most of my co workers have to have continued education, so do not compare your job with that of a teacher. Yours is important but you do not affect growing minds. I am a teacher and a mom. You are not a teacher, so you probably don't know that Secretaries Week is like a national holiday in most schools. Not to mention the flowers, goodies, and other store-bought gifts. One of the office staff at my school had to take home some of her goodies this week because she couldn't function in the office due to all the decorations.

Teachers and staff in schools have nothing but the utmost respect for their school secretaries. They are the heart of the school and we could NOT do it without them. That being said, I must also respond to some other things you are incorrect on. When it is bigger than they can handle, they send the student to the school NURSE who also deserves an armload of respect to help them feel better.

The secretaries are not involved. I have never sent a student to the office because they didn't have their homework.

I have never heard of anything so ridiculous in my life. I give the consequence. I call the parent. I make sure it gets done. My administration does not have time to deal with every kid that didn't have their homework. They would do nothing else!

And by the way, our office staff gets lunch every day. We are the ones following up on the kids who got in a tiff on the playground, or arranging a lunch for the kid who doesn't have lunch money. And you should also know, that whopping 15 minutes is often the only break we have all day once all kids are settled and eating. As far as the two months off fantasy They are taking classes, reading books, buying supplies, etc.

They are constantly trying to better themselves for YOUR child. Most teachers do not simply while away the summer eating bon-bons and flying to Hawaii.

In my state, teachers are required to recertify every 5 years. To do this, they need to take classes. Most often this occurs in the summer because during the school year, they are taking care of, nurturing, challenging, teaching, growing YOUR children into being better than they were before.

They don't have time to take graduate level courses, so this must happen during the summer. I'm sorry you're bitter that you don't have these "vacations".

That was a choice for you. Don't blame the teachers that you chose poorly. I think you are misinformed in general. As I will say to most of you, walk a day in a teacher's shoes - just one day- and you will gain the respect you so lack. I am not saying that anyone else is not important. I guess the point is that you choose the job you can do - and do well. Know your limitations - and respect and appreciate those who do other jobs on a daily basis.

I respect all walks of life. I know I can't do those jobs. I'll just keep going on doing my job, to teach our children, the best I can. I am not better than them, but I am a teacher.

It is who I am. JustAMomll - May 31st, at 6: Oh, I am so not happy here. Are you friggin for real????? Do you think for a minute that school could run without the office staff? What a bunch of crock. If I could, I would yank your admin staff out of your school and say I am just a mom. So I see all 3 schools. Not so many kids. And let me tell you How dare you tell anyone the receptionist doesn't hold the kids, console them, help them, lead them, guide them Are you so clueless?

The kids fall, where do they go? Maybe the one on the playground that says And if it's lunch time, we all know office staff generally don't get lunch!!!! Oh man, I'm hot. Principals and teachers don't call when there is an issue Counselors tell the office staff Kids don't feel good, the receptionist gets them. Little girls start their cycle and they are sent to the office. Kids forget homework and they are sent to the office So please please please, get off the high horse.

You make at least double what any receptionist will make in any year. Well don't get me started there. This blog is wonderful. It's how all we mothers feel. And now you get to take your 2 or 3 months off and do whatever you want We don't get vacations. We love our kids with everything in us, or we would not be doing what we do. Please don't belittle what they do. It is so upsetting. We moms KNOW how hard they work. Any principal that thinks their staff should be grateful for whatever needs a dang reality check.

You should be grateful yours shows up to work every day! No way in heck you could do their jobs. C - May 31st, at 7: I am the office staff, by myself, at a school of students the other secretary left, fed up, about 4 weeks ago.

I am limping to the end all alone. Certainly not a teacher giving up her lunch time. I work late and bring work home every night even when there was 2 of us to make sure that things get done. I have a college degree.

This job just happened to work for many other reasons when I took it and now I've fallen in love with it. They obviously aren't fulfilled by the experience. I want one more teacher to try asking me a questions while I'm on the phone with a parent. Thanks for remembering that the office staff and the job they do, are important too.

Thanks for the excellent post! I'm almost to the finish line!!! Grace - May 31st, at 7: You have no clue Betty - May 31st, at 7: That's what you got out of this wonderfully written story? Do you have to give a gift to the teacher at the end of the year? I'm sure the teacher does NOT need a gift from your child to feel that she has made it through the year doing her job to teach YOUR child. Read the story again and try to identify.

Kelly - May 31st, at 8: We don't expect a gift, but it is nice. I spend lots of hours that I don't get paid for. I have not had a raise in 4 years and I am pretty sure I won't get one this year. My husband has had his wages go up at least every year, but mine have been frozen for 4 years. I spend more and more money out of my our pocket. Andra - June 22nd, at Your rewards are a paid vacation over a large portion of the summer, maybe a sabbatical, benefits and a retirement K program.

This is your job. You entered it with love in your heart for children. You shouldn't have to be rewarded with little parties, gifts and cards. That is from their parents anyway, not your student. The world is changing and teachers have to adapt to the fact that both parents are working and beyond exhausted and it takes everything in us to have a home cooked meal on the table in a timely manner.

Some of us even work without benefits in order to put our kids in your school district which employs you. And to be honest with all of you, my busy season in real estate starts in February and that is the end of checking homework reading etc. Hell, I'm even busy in September October just in time to make Christmas memorable! I told my kids, "I already went to school, it is your turn now.

If you absolutely need help I am here. Otherwise this is your chance to prove what you want to do after high school". I do not want to win first place in the science fair or turn in a report on volcanoes I did 35 years ago. I want to get up in the morning, make breakfasts and lunches so they don't starve. Go to work, shop for food, clean my house, run my real estate business, run my husband's construction business, do laundry, get dinner on the table and maybe take a client out in the middle of all this.

Does that sound like enough to you because written down to me , it looks really scary! Kelly - May 31st, at 9: I totally agree, and I'm a teacher, too. And if you have a nice 9 week vacation to look forward to, be grateful that you don't need to have another job over the summer in order to make ends meet. Stephanie - May 31st, at 9: Erica - Hear Hear Reply.

Dea K - May 31st, at Teachers do chose this job, but so many of them put much more than is expected into their profession. I've had teachers use their own money to be able to do special projects with the kids.

Not only that, but I never had a teacher that didn't take the time to listen to a 2nd or 3rd graders rambling and give them a hug if they skinned their knee.

I never felt like I had to give a teacher gift, but wanted to show appreciation for getting my little munchkin through another year.

Rachael - May 31st, at I teach in a high poverty school 4th grade. In response to the post, I too have checked out. I've taken to hiding the uncorrected homework in a cupboard so the kids don't ask about it.

I stopped assigning it a month ago and not one parent has asked about it. Robin - June 1st, at 2: Hey Erica - While some teachers may expect gifts - most really and truly don't. In reality though, a lot of pressure that moms and dads feel about that school stuff comes from OTHER parents.

There's this unspoken battle going on out there both real and simply perceived that parents are telling themselves that others will judge them or their child over things like a 3rd grade science fair display, a historical figure costume, or the awesomeness of their end-of-year gift. Now, maybe that's true and people really ARE judging I'm not sure - but it's a sickness in our culture that needs to be cured.

Mamas and papas gotta keep things in perspective and teach their children to do the same. They gotta allow their child to fail a little sometimes. They gotta take the pressure off of themselves and remember that a cruddy 3rd grade project or not having a gift won't make or break their kid, or their reputation. If a teacher got no gifts at the end of the year - I'm willing to bet she really wouldn't dwell on it.

She'd ultimately just go on with her life, just as you or any other professional does, and do her job all over again the next school year. Her self worth is not wrapped up in that coffee mug. But if she does get gifts - well, that's okay too and you can't hold that against her. Nobody would take away your flowers if someone put them on your desk We all need a little encouragement at times and it feels good to be noticed and thanked. I'm sorry that hasn't happened for you yet in your line of work.

Jeri - June 1st, at 7: Your job has probably not increased in paperwork and responsibility with data requirements - all to be completed in the same amount of time as before with the added stipulation of your pay being commensurate with the performance of the people you work with.

You are not responsible for the social and academic outcome of 22 young human beings. Your interaction with other individuals likely occurs for periods of 30 seconds to four minutes not 7 hours a day, five hours a week. The people with whom you interact probably don't rely on you for food they did not get at home, consolation for the father who just left, or understanding for why they just don't feel good or didn't get much sleep last night.

We do not expect GIFTS from everyone, but we are human, and it is not wrong to expect a little appreciation or acknowledgement for the commitment, time, and interest invested in helping to raise children be the best that they can be.

Megan - June 1st, at 8: I don't think the teachers are sending the email about the gift I'm pretty sure teachers don't expect gifts: Becky - April 25th, at 8: Teachers are also moms and dads.

Imagine how tired they are, yet they keep plugging through, with a smile on their face. Think about that while you are complaining. The most important thing you can do is participate in your child's education. Shame on you for complaining about that. Sarah H - May 3rd, at 6: I'm a teacher and a mom. I get it from both sides. However, we need to continue to support education and the teachers. If we allow our kids to "check out" a month early, what kind of message do you think that gives them?

Education needs to be looked at as a privilege. The ability to go to school needs to be respected and appreciated. There are children in other countries that risk their lives to get an education on a daily basis. Too many people just give up because it's too hard or their too tired. I'm a mom of 3 and a 4th grade teacher.

Do I want to give up sometimes? But do I keep pressing forward and not cut corners? I don't want my kids to even get an inkling of an impression that it's ok to give up. As adults, we should lead by example! Runners don't slow down because they're nearing the finish line Denise - April 26th, at Tonya - April 27th, at 6: As I read the posts above about gifts I was thinking exactly what you voiced. I cannot afford to buy birthday and Christmas gifts for everyone in the family let alone all the teachers that my child has had over the years.

In addition, a simple thank you from the student would suffice, right? I think that would be nice to teach our children that word and the power it has! My one and only is graduating from high school. I spent many nights wondering why I was not informed sooner, but now I wish I was included in some of it. She disappears to her upstairs room and I only see her at supper time and when it is time to give good night hugs and kisses, which I am still grateful for everyday!

Either last minute knowledge or not being asked for help at an early age I told her, "It is your homework not mine, there is a dictionary and a thesaurus to help you find words and learn how to spell and define them. I cannot even get her to let me see her assignment before she turns it in. I thought I was doing the right thing by teaching her to be independent, but I have missed helping her as well. Next, college and an empty nest. I am proud of her and her accomplishments, but I still miss the days when I was needed.

Yemisi - April 27th, at Are you really serious people?! This blog is not about giving or receiving gifts. Let us learn to appreciate each other and encourage each other. If a member of the sisterhood feels under appreciated then show some love. If you are feeling appreciated and satisfied then spread some love.

Let us not put down one another or put down another's feelengs. Show some love and respect to the teacher who expressed her thoughts and feelings. Enough of the bashing. Enough of the bullying. If you cannot play nicely in the sandbox, get out of the sand box. Treat each other with respect.

Kudos to all the teachers out there, especially those who have taught my kids. Kudos to those who have to deal with unruly kids whose parents are thrilled that they have somewhere to drop them off for 7 hours and get a break. Kudos to the receptionists who act as a gatekeeper at the schools who have to deal with self entitlement parents. Today is admin professionals day.

Hats off to you. Kudos to the nurses who took care of my kid when he was admitted in the hospital. Hats off to everyone everywhere for all that you do for the human race. You are all appreciated! Vicky - May 25th, at 5: I echo your sentiments. Judy - April 28th, at 8: I've been teaching for 20 years. I don't "expect" gifts. I'm delighted by them, but I don't "expect" them! Liz - April 30th, at 5: I hope this isn't taken as rude, but I do give gifts to my daughter's teachers.

They are paid and it is their job,however, they give so much more than a receptionist. Her teachers spend months showing compassion, patience, acceptance, persistence, love, tough love, just to name a few. They often deal with 20 small bodies in motion.

Accept lack of parental support or follow through. Deal with the hysterical child whose mother wasn't aware it was field trip day and has no lunch, as well as spending lunch or resource time her break reading with the ones whose parents were "too busy" on Facebook or their blog. Deborah - May 31st, at 5: If you're doing this educator thing for the end of the year gift, you're in the wrong profession, and doing it for the wrong reason.

Use your 9 week vacation to assess your career options and attitude adjustment. Jen - May 31st, at 7: Deborah it is not vacation it is unemployment! Teachers do not get paid over the summer. Large chunks of their paychecks are taken out during the school year and redistributed over the summer.

Many teachers work over the summer through the extended school year or a summer seasonal job in order to make ends meet. Only teachers who have been in the field many years, and have gained additional education masters or master plus 30 additional graduate hours can afford to not find additional work during their 2-month unemployment.

And I think I can state that no teacher does it for the end of the year gift. I am a special education teacher, a teacher of the visually impaired, and have never heard of such a thing until reading this post.

Kor - June 1st, at 2: Don't they maintain their benefits? Amanda - June 1st, at 3: The money to cover our benefits in the summer months is part of what's taken out of our checks in the school year. The remainder is salary we choose to set aside throughout the year to have a "paycheck" between school years. Cathy - May 1st, at 2: Not all teachers get benefits. My husband works in a small enough school that he doesn't. We get his check over the summer only because we elected to get ten months of pay spread over twelve months.

It's not as cut a dry a situation as people might think Reply. Kathryn - May 31st, at 6: I don't get a 9 week vacation at the end of their trial, nor do I get a gift from them.

I am actually not allowed to accept gifts from them. I don't know why so many teachers expect a year end gift. I get a paycheck and health insurance. I wasn't aware that it was required to send a year end gift. Actually, that makes it a requirement not a gift.

That is not to say I have never given a gift to a teacher that did a great job and made a different in my child's life. Donna - June 1st, at 9: How about a lump of coal! Name - May 31st, at 3: I can relate to working at home and on weekends and being away from my kids. But nobody tells me I"m loved and I don't get paid extra. I think it's just called being a professional. Being a teacher is truly a thankless job. Those of us who have done it and do it are usually in it because they love kids and believe in what they are doing.

I wonder what it would be like to treat them more like professionals than like our friends who are babysitting our kids? Tonya - May 31st, at Lillian - May 31st, at I am a teacher, also, and I wish my principal had that attitude.

She thinks we can actually keep their noses to the grindstone and teach them new things right to the end of the last day. Well since you're a teacher and that's your JOB, you should at least TRY to teach them new things up to the end of the last day.

Here's a novel idea, why don't you teach the curriculum? It is teachers like you who are responsible for the sad state that our education system is in. Susie Sunshine - May 31st, at J - May 31st, at 2: I am demanding of my kiddos teachers because I am demanding of myself and my children.

Set high expectations for your self and the others around you and lead by example. We have got to stop going back and forth in this stereotypical nonsense. Educate our children, teach our children and we all need to stop whining!

Renee - May 31st, at 4: Why don't you just home school if you're so demanding? Educate your own children and quit using our tax dollars to do it if you're so unhappy. These teachers are overworked and underpaid and on top of it they have to deal with people like you.

Ease up and laugh a little. It would do your kids some good! Mark my words, your kids will grow up hating you and you will get to visit them in jail!!! Vicki - May 31st, at And parents likeYOU are the reason kids can't think. Amen to that Reply. Kevin - May 31st, at Joe, I am guessing that you have never tried to teach anything to 30 children on a sunny day who have absolutely no interest in paying attention to anything you have to say. We all have tough days at work, for teachers then tend to group at the end of the school year.

So, ease up on your criticism until your get some perspective. I am a mother of 2. My daughter went to school today in pajamas to watch a movie and do show and tell. We have 16 days of school left. I think this was a brilliant move on her teachers part!

Danne - May 31st, at 1: No I don't teach 30 children, I get to teach 30 to 45 adults who act like kids because they don't want to keep up with the times and expect to keep their jobs without learning new programs and processes. Jackie - May 31st, at I think you should walk a mile in someone's shoes before you make derogatory comments like that.

When is the last time you tried to teach something new to 28 or 35 elementary kids on the last few days before summer holidays, when kids are tired and just want to be outside? I loved these comments and as a mom and teacher, can relate to them ALL! As a homeschooling mom of just one child I can't imagine how it must be for a teacher with 30 kids. Kierstin - May 31st, at 1: Jaime - May 31st, at Kandice - May 31st, at 2: Oh my land, that is hysterical!

Cathy - May 31st, at Hey Joe, I'm not a teacher or a parent. Jenifer - May 31st, at You try teaching 30 kids when the sun is shining and its 90 some degrees outside!!!! At least they try to teach our children what do you do??

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