PTAs requesting help - how much is too much ?
Original post made by Parent on Oct 10, 2007
When will the PTA and everyone else realise that I can't do everything and if I am babysitting my own kids, I can't do more. Granted, high schoolers could perhaps organise the lunch themselves with a little parental help, but really....
I don't get catered lunches, why should the teachers - particularly at my expense and my work?
on Oct 10, 2007 at 1:48 pm
I think the idea of having students cater the lunches is fantastic. I also think students should be the ones manning the snack bar at football games. That the parents agree to do this is not a great example to set. Kids in Palo Alto have far too much given to them - and it sets a bad tone.
on Oct 10, 2007 at 6:57 pm
Hey parent -
On the days when your little ones are in school, a lot of those teachers are skipping lunch, or rushing it or eating on the run in order to devote more of their time to your children's education. That doesn't mean they automatically deserve this special lunch....but I can understand why some people think it's a good idea. Just a thought.
on Oct 10, 2007 at 8:07 pm
Don't get me wrong. I know they work hard and a free lunch is a free lunch. But their training day does mean extra work for me. Having my children home should be a treat for me too, somehow, it seems more like a different headache.
I do a lot for my kids' schools, volunteer in the classrooms, sit on committees, drive for field trips, bring goodeies for parties, help with all sorts of things when asked, and I enjoy it. I feel part of the community and have got to know some great people as a result. But, sometimes we stay at home moms feel put upon. I have honestly never worked as hard in my pre-kid days as I do now. Funnily enough, I never remember having volunteers in my classrooms when I was a kid and my Mom never remembers volunteering or even being asked to.
But, when it comes down to it. Teachers are doing their jobs and get many signs of appreciation from me and the rest of us. I just think that sometimes the PTA powerhouses spend a lot of time finding busy work for us poor parents.