It's back-to-school time and parents all over the nation are engaging in a collective "Hip Hip Hooray!" It's not that I don't love my kids like crazy, but it sure feels nice to get back into a predictable routine: Wake up, eat breakfast, drop the kids at school, ME time. Does that sound selfish? Perhaps a little bit, even though "Me" time typically means laundry, dishes, prepping dinner and logging in hours at my at-home job.
Yesterday as I was reveling in the quietness of my home, somewhere between a dirty sock and a pot roast, I realized I missed my kids. Not only did I miss them, but I was truly curious what they were doing at school. I decided to get in touch with my kids' teachers to see if I could volunteer at school in the classroom once or twice a week. I'm so happy I did! Whether you stay at home, work at home or work outside of the home while your kids are at school, it's important to find some time to dedicate toward being a volunteer at school. Teachers and administrators really do count on parents to help out. The benefits of becoming a volunteer at school include:
- Volunteering is on YOUR terms: Can't make it into the classroom regularly? That's OK! Volunteering can mean donating baked goods, organizing or grading papers at home, helping at a weekend event or sharing another talent.
- It shows the importance of school to your kids: When you care enough to help out in the classroom or with extra-curricular activities, you are demonstrating to your kids that school matters and you want to be a part of it as much as possible.
- A small effort on your part makes a big difference: Even if you can only pop in once a month, it means the world to the teacher and school.
- You can make your child's school as great as possible: Parents who show an interest have the power to change schools for the positive.
- You know the scoop: Being involved in your child's school days means you get the inside scoop on classmates, teachers, friends and foes, activities, events and assignments.
So I signed up to help with math and reading in each of my children's classes and I'm practically bursting with game ideas for the October carnival. It's not so much the old routine I'm happy about, it's the new one! I don't have to think of back-to-school as a time of year where my kids go off and have a secret life. Now it's a time where the whole family gets back into the swing of school. Now to tell my husband I signed him up for archery day in PE...