ugh. not really looking for any advice, i just want to vent! feel free to add any advice anyway, or comments on how you've handled anything like this.
the room mother of my son's daycare (there are 3 infant rooms, each has a mom that is the voluntary "room mother") put a note in all our cubbies today saying she'd like to get together on a gift and how hard the teachers work every day caring for our children, blah blah blah (like i don't know this) and then suggested that we each give $15 + to get them nice gifts.
now, don't get me wrong, i don't necessarily think that $15 or even $20 is excessive to spend on each teacher since that's about what i'll spend on other gifts anyway. what really rubs me the wrong way is the, i don't know, commandment kind of tone in the letter.
she's done this before, when two of the teachers left, asking us to give $ so she could get a nice gift. for one of them, the day the $ was due i forgot about it and i only had $5 on me so i put it in the envelope. for the other one, i told her that i had already gotten something for the teacher and wouldn't be participating in her combined gift. both of these instances went over like a fart in church, judging by her reaction to me.
and i have 18 more years of this, huh? bleck.