Today, you can find books on any subject. As a new parent, you try to read ALL the parenting books that supposedly prepare you for having a baby, and for the first few years of their life. I wish I had come across one with the title, “What to expect..as a Parent Volunteer at your kids school!”
To date, I have spent 8 years in elementary school - as a Parent. By the time my last one is in middle school, I will have a total of 10 years under the belt. During this time, I have had the wonderful opportunity to be the stay at home mom who gets to drop off and pick up their child each day. I have had the part time job that also gave me the opportunity to be with my kids in the afternoon; and currently I have the full time job outside of the house. All of these opportunities have provided me the ability to still volunteer at my children's school.
I have volunteered in many capacities, including being a member of the school booster clubs, a board member, on many committees every year, and as a parent in the classroom. Through these opportunities I have been blessed to have some wonderful friendships. Ones I will have for the rest of my life and ones, not so much.
Returning to school as a parent, has also provided many interesting lessons so far, and I'm sure many more to come.
As a parent, you experience a whole new mix of emotions that you have never experienced when your child goes to school.
all parents naturally want to protect their children from any pain or harm. However, now you have to allow your baby to feel these emotions when they happen so they can learn on their own. This learning in no way changes how difficult it is for a parent to watch their child feel pain. But hopefully, knowing that all challenges are divinely timed will allow for everyone to move past the pain faster.
These emotions and situations are fairly easy to handle if you can remember who you were before that precious baby came along, and made all rational thoughts disappear due to their just plain cuteness. Also, it is easier, if you can acknowledge the new lessons you are learning and incorporate them into life without fighting the changes.
Know your limits
When volunteering at your child's school, you will notice that there are many opportunities to help due to the lack of funding and having more students than resources. Many volunteers reenter the world of primary education enthusiastically using their skills to assist the school in providing the best learning environment for all students.
Volunteering brings together many different personalities with the same end goal of helping a cause. They are people with good hearts who are only paid, with a feeling of satisfaction. So remembering that each volunteer deserves respect and understanding, is important.
All parent volunteers have the same goal, to benefit the kids. So being respectful and courteous of others will accomplish putting the biggest smiles on the littlest of faces.
DAD volunteer (shout out)
They are needed and are amazing help. They are there for all the same good reasons- their kids. If they are kindly appreciated for what they bring to the table, then they will gladly come back.
A parent volunteer is the front line of how the community comes together to help raise the kids. The opportunities to make a difference are endless.
We will all have different experiences and life lessons as we repeat school with our children. Some challenges will be for the adults while most will be for our own children. We will protect them as best we can, but must remember they are living lives and have divinely timed challenges to help them grow.
Enjoy the time you spend volunteering; smile, be pliable and understanding, thank everyone you come in contact with and remember we all have a part in raising the next generation of teachers, doctors, lawyers, astronauts, and dreamers.
Much Love and Parent Volunteering.