September is over. By now the mad rush to find backpacks and pack lunches in the morning has become routine along with after-dinner homework sessions in the evening. The school year brings all kinds of new demands on everyone in the family. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and become self-focused in the frenzy.
Teachers in your children’s classrooms are likely facing many of the same challenges you have to deal with. Many of them are taking care of families each morning and evening on top of preparing for your child’s daily education. With just a small gesture, you can encourage your child’s teacher and demonstrate the other-centeredness to which Christ calls us.
It isn’t hard to encourage another person, you just need to make a plan and do it. Here are some inspirational gifts and ideas for blessing the teachers – or principals, librarians, bus drivers – in your life.
1. Send a card.
Just a few words can really go a long way. Thank a teacher for his/her role in your child’s life. Thank them for the hours of planning and grading and the words of wisdom they are investing in your child. You can let the teacher know that you are praying for them.
2. Send something for the break room.
It could be specialty coffee (pumpkin spice in the fall for example), a favorite soda pop or a jug of tea – but send along something to enjoy during break time. If you love to cook, bake some homemade goodies and put them on a pretty tray.
3. Volunteer to be a helper.
Let your child’s teacher know that you are willing to help. Offer to cut out craft supplies, make copies or staple papers. If it is okay with your school’s policies, offer to monitor a recess or come in occasionally to read aloud to children. Some volunteer duties can be done in the evening if you work.
4. Give a Christian bookmark.
This is a small gift and it doesn’t cost a lot, but it will be a regular reminder of your support. Pick one that has words of faith, gratitude or a prayer for needed grace. Let him/her know that you realize that teaching means they have little time for recreational reading and thank them for the sacrifice.
5. Provide a box of seasonal or holiday cards.
You feel like you are meeting yourself coming and going – and it’s likely that your child’s teacher feels the same. Drop off a box of seasonal cards and maybe a page of stamps with a post-it note saying ‘just in case you don’t have time to shop this season’.
6. Wrap up some Christian music.
Christian music is near the top of the list when it comes to inspirational gifts. Listening to inspirational music during the ride to or from school can refresh anyone – including teachers.
7. When all else fails, gift cards are also a nice gesture.
If you can’t think of anything else, a gift card to the local coffee shop, nail salon, or grocery store is always welcome.
It will only take a few extra minutes in the week to encourage the person who is with your child all day. And, nothing compares to the great feeling of knowing you’ve followed one of Christ’s commands – to consider the needs of others. If you’re looking for other great inspirational cards and gifts, why not check out The Printery House – an online Christian gift store offering inspirational gifts anyone would enjoy receiving.