I dread the holidays when the question inevitably comes up about starting a collection to buy teacher gifts. I totally get it makes for bigger spending power and takes the burden off many parents' shoulders of shopping for yet another gift. But, it also takes the meaning out of giving from where it counts - the heart.
Thinking I was done with that nonsense until the end of year gift topic arises, I was a bit flustered by all the "are you giving valentines to the whole class" talk this past week. I actually got an email late Wednesday night from a parent asking if we were doing a coordinated class valentine exchange (I'm co-class parents for my daughter's kindergarten class). Talk about taking the love out of the holiday. While I totally agree in a "no-child left behind" policy— it's either you make one for every student or you just don't hand them out, I didn't see the need to make it an organized love-fest. If parents wanted too, fine, and if they didn't, so be it. Thankfully the teacher agreed. I for one wasn't doing anything.
Then I had a change of, err, heart. A friend made a good point, she didn't want her daughter to feel left out. So, there I was cutting out 24 hearts from empty cardboard and tissue boxes at 10pm. I decided I would lay the foundation, but the little miss would have to be willing to put some love into these valentines if she wanted to hand them out. My budding artist really put her heart and soul into each one, and had a great time doing it.
Best part about this project is it showed some love to Mother Earth too. Add this one to the parenting hard drive for next year!