‘I’m gobsmacked’: Mother ‘shunned’ after refusing to spend money on an expensive gift for her son’s kindergarten teacher – which includes a romantic winery tour
- Gone are the days when a card or chocolate were enough to surprise a teacher
- It seems the little ones are no longer expected to come up with the perfect gift
- The competitive gift giving among parents seems to be getting out of hand
- One mother was asked to put in money towards lavish gift for her son’s teacher
Gone are the days when a simple Christmas card or a box of chocolate were enough to thank a teacher at the end of school year.
And it seems the little ones are no longer expected to come up with a thoughtful gift idea for their favourite teacher.
According to one Australian mother, the competitive gift-giving among parents was getting out of hand – after she was asked to fork out $50 toward the cost of an expensive present for her son’s kindergarten teacher – and her partner.
Speaking to Kidspot, Sophie* said the $500 present included a romantic weekend getaway at a winery for two, a pamper spa package, plus an extravagant three-course dinner.
Gone are the days when a simple Christmas card or a box of chocolate were enough to surprise the teacher at the end of school year (stock image)
‘I’m just absolutely gobsmacked this is a thing in school now,’ she said.
Shocked by the exorbitant spending, the mother refused to hand over her money.
As a result, Sophie has since been ‘shunned by other parents’.
She explained how she now feels judged every time she picks up her six-year-old son from school.
‘I’m surprised I’m in the minority of people who think this is not normal, the majority of people are just going along with it,’ she said.
‘I don’t know whether we are competing to be seen to be good parents or whether they don’t want to miss out because of the peer pressure.’
The mother said she wanted to set a good example for her son by letting him pick out a small gift from a bargain store, wrap it and give it to the teacher himself (stock image)
Not only are parents contributing to the group present, Sophie said others are even showering the teacher with individual gifts such as spa vouchers and musical tickets.
The mother said she wanted to set a good example for her son by letting him pick out a small gift from a bargain store, wrap it and give it to the teacher himself.
*Name has been changed.