by Lori Lite
Each year we ask our friends for good teacher gift ideas. This year I asked teachers and found out that teachers do NOT want one more ceramic apple with an adorable worm peeking out and they do not want your favorite perfume.
A study published in the International Journal of Stress Management states 67 percent of teachers surveyed described their jobs as extremely stressful.Teachers that were introduced to relaxation and breathing exercises reported significantly lower levels at the end of the year than teachers who did not participate in the program.
Peace and Quiet: Pre-paid passes to a movie theater near their home or video rental store.
Help: Volunteer an hour of your time to run copies or help with centers.
School Supplies: A gift card to the local school supply store.
Gift Cards: The kind they can use anywhere or at a chain bookstore.
Massages: Oh yes, their feet and backs ache taking care of our children. Chip in with other parents and hand over a gift certificate for a massage.
Haircuts: Do you know where they get their hair cut? Get a gift card.
Relaxing Dinner: They eat too may lunches out of a paper bag. Gift card to a local restaurant.
A Calm Relaxed Class: A turnkey lesson plan so they can teach their students to calm down.
A Trip to a Rainforest: I know this is really dreaming, but how about a Rainforest Relaxation CD.
Cash: I heard from many teachers that cash is happily received.
A few of these gift ideas are expensive so take the time to call or email a few parents to chip in. Most parents will be happy you did. Figuring out a meaningful gift is stressful and they will be thankful to let you run the show. Volunteering takes only your time and the Lesson Plans and Rainforest CD are under $14.00. Indigo Dreams: Adult Relaxation introduces teachers to 4 stress management techniques including BREATHING!
Stress Free Kids founder Lori Lite has created a line of books and CDs designed to help children, teens, and adults decrease stress, anxiety, and anger. Ms. Lite’s books, CDs, and lesson plans are considered a resource for parents, psychologists, therapists, child life specialists, teachers, and yoga instructors. Lori is a certified children’s meditation facilitator and Sears’ Manage My Life parenting expert. For more information visit Stress Free Kids and for daily advice follow Lori on Twitter and Facebook .
Stress Free Kids Fund-raising Program brings stress management and relaxation to families while generating funds that will benefit YOUR school, group, or organization.