Helped out in Conner's class yesterday. Guess who's the room mother.
Yup, you're right.
I never figured myself a room mother, but honestly... it's surprising how few parents volunteer at school. I don't think they realize the impact they can have on their child's classroom. I read a great article in the NEA magazine (Drew gets it, and I just happened to thumb through it during lunch the other day). Anyway, the article talked about how parents don't feel welcome in the classrooms and how other parents can "show them the way." I had never really thought of parents being afraid to go into class. Yes, it's always a little awkward when you don't know the teacher at the beginning, but they are always SO GLAD to see you.
I think some parents think we're just doing work the teachers could be doing. While, this is true this also frees them up to do other things... I can't imagine Conner's teacher taking the time I used to cut-up her laminate (while also spying on my child, I think the byproducts of me being there are just a bonus -- mostly I'm there to see how he's doing, btw-- he's doing really well) to watch TV. I know she does use the time to work on new things for the classroom, etc.
It's definately a pleasure to help a teacher out. I doubt many of us realize how much work there is behind the scenes (much like being a nurse).
So, go help out in your kids classroom today!!! :) You can't even imagine how much your kid will enjoy it. Conner always asks when I'm going to come back next. What age to do you think the novelty wears-off?
In other news, the fire extinguisher fell on Conner's foot. It's a REALLY big one, and I was kinda freakin' out inside when I heard what happened. Thankfully it's just bruising, and we moved the fire extinguisher to a safer locale. Amazing how kids don't break more often.
Heading to the hospital today to pick-up my ACLS study materials.
I wasn't meant to study after having children.
I think it's a rule.