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Old 12-15-2018, 09:35 AM
 
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I have an extremely generous family (I have kid #2 with two more to come). This year, they bought me a new kid-sized armchair (my old one was falling apart) and two stability balls. I had stability balls in the past and they just didn't work for me, so I gave away the ones the kids hadn't destroyed.

I really don't want these, but I feel ungrateful telling the parent this. So, do I just use them or explain to her the reason I no longer have them is because they didn't work out well the last time I had them? She is super amazing (my favorite mom ever) and I know she would understand. But I still feel crappy about rejecting a generous gift.

My gut says to just use them.


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Old 12-15-2018, 09:38 AM
 
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Use them for a while, then Oh no!!! They popped! Tell parent you think they just dont hold up well enough for heavy use and youre looking into other styles of seating.
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Old 12-15-2018, 09:49 AM
 
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Yeah, that's where I'm at. I think what bothers me is it is essentially wasting her money, which could be used more effectively. Thanks for confirming what I was thinking.
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It depends on how easily returnable they were. What's worse for them. They spend a lot of money. You don't use the gift. They don't know. All that money is wasted. Or you tell them the truth and most or all of the money goes back to them. You can then get something you want.

Now, if they would have nothing left after shipping costs or something like that, I would tell them at some point in time that you loved them at one time but aren't your thing anymore.
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Old 12-15-2018, 10:36 AM
 
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Id use them for a bit and then lend/give them to a colleague. If she asks Id say the colleague is borrowing them for a week, month whatever because they have a student who really benefits from it.


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Old 12-15-2018, 01:23 PM
 
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Does their child like the stability balls? If so use them with the class. Maybe start posting a wish list on your classrom webpage or newsletter so they can get your class more useful things in the future.
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I'd give them another go. Every class is different, and this group may be able to handle them.

I think the key is to have a system you like, so there's no fighting over them. If you want to try them out as limited use, maybe:

- put them in the reading corner?
- allow the kids to use them on their birthday?
- student of the week uses it on Friday?
- only available during a certain subject each day?
- highest score on ___ gets to use one for the afternoon?
- if you finish you reading log, your name goes in a drawing to use one for a day?

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Old 12-15-2018, 03:37 PM
 
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I'd use them in the interest of not offending this quite wonderful family.
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Old 12-15-2018, 04:25 PM
 
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I'd use them for a bit and then give them to a teacher who really wants them. You could also consider using them as a reward like a pp suggested.

We're in a new building this year and the people who did our furniture ordering were really encouraging "creative" seating. I stood my ground and insisted on regular chairs for my room. I'm SO glad I did. The teachers who got the wobbly seats are being driven crazy by them. One teacher put them all up on top of a cabinet so students could no longer reach them .

Then she figured out it was a free/easy reward she could give out, and since they're not used regularly, the kids are really motivated by it. She draws a ticket (from our PBIS system) and whoever wins gets to use the wobbly seats for one lesson.
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Old 12-15-2018, 04:49 PM
 
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If this is the same class you had difficulty with then let mom know you have had problems and wont use them. If it's a new class, I would use them and see how this class behaves.


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Old 12-15-2018, 06:34 PM
 
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Just to clarify, I'm not opposed or new to alt seating. I have 12 hooki stools, 4 cool rockers the OT suggested (they don't tip over!), scoop seats, and old school desk chairs. I have enough that everyone gets a choice. I just don't love the balls.

I think I can't risk embarrassing this mom (I had balls back when her oldest was in my class, I'm sure that's why she got them). I'm just gonna put them out and see how they hold up.


I appreciate everyone who took the time to share their thoughts. Thank you!
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Old 12-17-2018, 06:22 PM
 
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Quote:
I had balls back when her oldest was in my class


I think you still have balls!
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Old 12-17-2018, 06:28 PM
 
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Oh, Sbkangas, thank you for that giggle!
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