Seriously, as if you need another thing to do… Well, like it or not, the new school year is here and you are about to get bombarded with requests to volunteer at school – if you haven’t already! It can be so tempting to let someone else take on the work load. I mean who really wants to get stuck doing these thankless jobs, anyway?
Well, instead of thinking about it that way, maybe we could look at school volunteering from a different perspective…
Here are some reasons why I think you should volunteer at school…
1. You can set a good leadership example.
I remember when my oldest was starting kindergarten, he was very shy, so I made sure I volunteered for everything. Sure, I must admit I did this partly because I wanted to see him at school but I also wanted to set an example. Why not show him that if Mommy could get involved in things, he could also!
2. You will make your kids proud.
They love to see their mom’s name on a poster, run into them at school or have all their friends know who you are. These things always gave my kids a sense of belonging and made them feel like they really knew what was going on in their school.
3. You know everyone.
This can be so helpful when you need a favor or just want to stay aware of things. It’s surprising what you can hear behind the scenes…
4. You will make new friends.
Since I’m a boy-mom, most of the moms I see regularly are also boy-moms. That’s probably due to all the sports and play dates when the kids were little. When I volunteered for a school event many years ago, my co-chair had two girls. Our paths probably wouldn’t have crossed if we didn’t run the event together but because of it, we became great friends. To this day, we still meet for lunch and get together. Later, the same thing happened when I co-chaired a different event with someone else. Once again, she became another great friend with whom I have shared many laughs and great times!
5. You can use your creativity.
Yes, we all know that staying home with kids can turn your brain to mush at times! So, why not put some of those brain cells back to work? Sometimes you just need an extra push! This past winter, my son’s class mom was looking for help at the winter party. I figured I would swing by, help pass out a few craft supplies and be done. Well, it turns out, they needed someone to run all the games, and did I mention, I had two days to come up with ideas? Luckily, the whole thing ended up being fun for them – and for me! Afterward, I even wrote a blog post, 3 Fun and Easy Games for a Winter Themed Party which ended up being a popular post. A win for everyone! lol…
6. You can add it to your resume.
If you plan on working outside the home after your kids get older, it doesn’t hurt to have a list of volunteering jobs to add to your resume!
7. You are taking the load off the parents who just can’t get there.
Many of my friends who work outside the home wish they could get more involved and many of them still do. It’s nice to know so many stay-at-home-moms are there to take care of things when others can’t.
8. You don’t have forever!
Before you know it, your kids aren’t going to need you anymore. Sad but true. My kids are both in middle school now (what?!!) In many school districts, there aren’t as many opportunities to get involved at that stage. Believe me, it goes SO fast! As my kids get older, I’m glad I won’t be saying, “I should have gotten more involved when they were little!”…because I did!
Can you think of any other reasons why stay-at-home moms should volunteer at school?
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