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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonpancakes View Post
    I can see why the kids would be upset but I'd use this as an opportunity to teach my child to not sweat the small stuff.

    It's really not that big a problem and it'd be good to teach the kids (and parents) to step back and realise it's not that big a deal.
    Really?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonpancakes View Post
    I can see why the kids would be upset but I'd use this as an opportunity to teach my child to not sweat the small stuff.

    It's really not that big a problem and it'd be good to teach the kids (and parents) to step back and realise it's not that big a deal.
    So you don't see an issue with a person in a position of power taking advantage of a situation? OP said her daughter felt she didn't have an option

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    Agree with anewme, seriously.. Its a bit bullshiz, your little girl would have felt too scared to say no but also felt scared about not doing with the money what was expected of her by her parents. Probably stewing on it all day.

    Thats really upsetting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonpancakes View Post
    I can see why the kids would be upset but I'd use this as an opportunity to teach my child to not sweat the small stuff.

    It's really not that big a problem and it'd be good to teach the kids (and parents) to step back and realise it's not that big a deal.
    I guess I don't really see it as "small". As OP said, her daughter felt that her options had been taken from her. In the scheme of things it is small I guess, but for a little kid, it could be pretty big!

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    The amount of money is small. The message it sends is huge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    The amount of money is small. The message it sends is huge.
    Exactly.

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    I'm struggling to see an issue. Kids were given $5 to spend on a Mother's Day present and they spent it on a donation/sticker which is still a Mother's Day present. If they donate it to a charity in honor if their mum instead of getting a crappy home made hankie or muffin then isn't that a good thing? If the kids regret their choice then well that's a good lesson for the to learn: don't buy if you don't want... If you don't trust your kid to spend the $$ appropriately/without getting upset, then don't send them to school with money.
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    Maybe I've been reading too much about the kidnapped (and enslaved) Nigerian schoolgirls this week, but this mothers-day stall incident just screams First World Problems.

    Seriously just teach the kids to look on the bright side (they've helped a cancer charity). The teacher wasn't trying to swindle them, she was trying to teach them about philanthropy over consumption. She probably went about it the wrong way but what's done is done.

    I think if the kids see the mums making a big deal about this it's going to make it worse.

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    I would be upset about it too.

    And im sorry, the nigerian schoolgirls thing is awful. And yes this may be a first world problem in comparison to that. But the OP's DD was upset as were many other kids. That matters! Sure try to spin the bright side to the kids, I agree. But that doesn't make what this TA did ok.

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    I also can't believe angry parents would have bothered to bombard the teacher like that. Seems to me like some people need to get a life, a pp mentioned this is a first world problem. And what a terrible problem to have, donating your money to charity! Tsk tsk!


 

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