Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.


The Dreaded Teacher Gifts

This year has been Nathan’s first year in preschool.  It’s been fabulous – he loves his friends, his teachers, and learning.  I have enjoyed all those things too, but I also love going grocery shopping with only two helpers instead of the full entourage.

Anyway, now that he is in school and has teachers, it means it’s time for teacher gifts!  Ack!  Teacher gifts aren’t a new thing for me – I taught school for five years.  Even some of my rough and tough middle school students brought in teacher gifts.  But this is the first time that I’m on the other side of the gift, and I have no idea what to do.

As I see it, there are a few options – edibles, decorative items, or gift cards.  I’m probably forgetting some major categories, but that’s at least a place to start.  The difficulty here is that I just don’t know his teachers well enough to know what they’d like.  Something I might think is cute might head straight into their trashcan or next yard sale.  I’ve been guilty of that in the past, though there are a few ornaments that I still hang up every year.  Or I might get or make them a candy that they really don’t like.  I could sew something, but I’m almost out of time and I have no idea what I would sew.

I’m afraid that leaves us with gift cards.  They’re totally impersonal and not very thoughtful, but everyone loves them.  Those were some of my favorite teacher gifts when I taught because I could actually use them.

So, this year, I think we’re going to make something simple like an ornament and attach it to a gift card.  Thus, we’re not totally lazy and impersonal, but we haven’t spent a lot of time and resources on a homemade gift they might despise.  Plus, I’ve got two days before his class party to get this done.  I think it sounds like a winner!

Did you give gifts to your little one’s teachers?  What did you do?

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