Helping Out at My Child’s School – Mom Talk
Helping Out at my Child’s School
Just like many other Moms out there I do not have a huge tendency for helping out at my child’s school. I’m not one for the PTA. I’m not one to be a class mom. I just don’t want to deal with other people’s kids. My kids are angels of course. But, I don’t really want to put out the effort to get myself ready and go deal with a bunch of misfits.
Getting to Know the School
Now that we’ve established that I’m not the head of the PTA or anything close to it. I will tell you why I enjoy helping out at my child’s school. The first thing that you start to realize when you help out at the school is that you get to know the school. I’m not talking about the hallways and where the classes are located and the bell schedule. I’m talking about the school, the teachers, the faculty and the culture. You learn about the teachers you want your children to have. You meet the janitorial staff, librarians and music teachers. This is where you find out what types of influences that will be put on your child.
The People in the School
Obviously, the number one thing you are looking to learn about is your child’s teacher. But, as I mentioned before, what about the principal, librarian, music teacher, lunch ladies and janitorial staff. Even though we can’t have everyone be perfect at the school. A smiling janitor or a happy lunch lady can have a huge effect on your kid’s perception of the school they attend. What if the lunch lady is super anti social and won’t talk to the kids? What if there is an awesome lunch lady who remembers your kid’s name and says hi with a smile everyday. Little things can make a huge difference for your child’s experience at school.
After I had been helping out at my child’s school for awhile. They started asking me to help out with field trips and activities. This is a great way to get to know the kids in your child’s class and how they interact with your child. This is where you can maybe help out with the socializing aspect of your kids schooling. After all school is one of the most influential and impactful places that your kid will learn to interact with their peers. And at the elementary level, yes kids can be mean, but they are still malleable enough to influence in a positive direction.
Your child will get the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities. Whether your child is into band, choir, science camp, athletics or whatever. These are great places to get to know the parents of the kids your child interacts with at school. Plus it gets them off their electronics and off the couch. I encourage every parent out there to get their child engaged in many different activities outside of school. It may be inconvenient at times, but your child is only a child once. Not only are you developing memories, but do you want your child to say that they never did anything growing up. Never got a trophy, never participated in something as a team?
This year I was asked to help out at my child’s school for picture day. I had never done this before, but I found out that if I helped. My child would get free pictures! Bonus! So I donated some of my time to save my family money on school pictures. I also took my daughter to her first middle school dance a short time ago. I was very apprehensive at first, I really didn’t want to sit around a gymnasium with a bunch of junior high kids. But you know what? She had a great time and that makes it a better experience for me. I was only planning on going for an hour, but we ended up staying the whole time. And even though I dreaded it, I felt great afterwards because she had fun.
You don’t have to be a class Mom. You don’t have to be the PTA president. But you should help out at your kid’s school. Not for you, but for them. I understand if you are a working parent and don’t have the time because of work. Just do your best. Because that’s all you can ask of your kids. And if everyone is doing their best for each other, it will go a long way.
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