I HATE Volunteering At My Kids’ School!
Congratulations on all your hard work! I wish I could be a little more like you which is why I’m writing for help. I’ve just moved to a new town with my 11-year-old son. I like his new school, but recently I found out they want all of the parents to volunteer. I’ve tried to go and put on a happy face, but truth be told, I hate it! It interferes with my work hours (even though I’m not docked or penalized) and I don’t see why it is necessary since the school is fully staffed and we live in a great district. To top it off, there are some moms and dads who actually like it and are willing to take on extra shifts.
I know I’m being a little less than good enough by not wanting to volunteer, but I really do hate it. The other mothers are boring and honestly so are the teachers after we talk about our students.
How can I make more out of the experience since I have to do it?
Dear Unwilling Volunteer:
Thanks for the kudos; that’s so nice of you to say those things about me which is why I feel sort of bad for coming down as hard as I’m about to. Here’s the thing, in life there are things we do because they need to get done. Period. I absolutely hate cooking (with good reason) but if I don’t do it, at least when Buff’s out of town, we don’t eat. I hate cleaning (okay you’re getting a clearer picture of the life of Good Enough Mother right now), but if I don’t do it, my family lives in filth. And on it goes. In your case, while you may not love to do it, changing your attitude about it will make it go much easier. How do you do that? By remembering a few simple things.