Not sure how to handle this and I'm hoping you all can help out I am seven months pregnant and my students have been super excited as my pregnancy progresses. Some of these kids I taught in first grade and most of the class I've known just as long, so we were unusually close to begin with and I get along very well with most of the parents. My students know that teachers traditionally have baby showers after school and they've asked if they are invited; I don't want to leave them out of any baby celebrations, but I also don't want to let them crash whatever nice shower that my co-workers put together. So to compromise, I thought it would be nice to do something just as a class either during the day or after school... but I don't want them to feel obligated to bring me gifts!!! In fact I've bought some onesies and bibs for them to decorate with fabric markers and puff paint and I think it would be fun for everyone to bring a baby picture and we could guess who's who. How can I present this to the parents in a way that doesn't make them feel like they are required to participate or spend money??