Friday, August 22, 2014

Get Involved in Your Kid's School

My wife and I just signed our oldest daughter up for Kindergarten this year.  We choose a local private school only because we really like the curriculum and since that's where she went to preschool, we already know and love the teachers there.  It is a good fit for us and my daughter gets to keep some of the same friends that she has been around for the last couple years.  However, It wasn't until we signed her up that I realized that they required parents to volunteer within the school.

What!?  Me volunteer?

I think not.  I have things to do, work, a life...

It wasn't until I started thinking about it that I realized what a wonderful idea this was. My wife is a middle school teacher and she tells me these stories of kids and their parents, and how hard it is to contact the parents in times that their kids really need them.  During most parent-teacher conferences it usually ends up with 80% of the parents being a no-show.  Where are the parents?  Don't we care about our kids' education?  We should.



I can't explain the rationale for previous generations but my generation needs to get off there butts and attend a school function.  Be active in your child's life.  There is a saying that I've heard often:
"Be here now."
To me it means to be active in the present.  Stop daydreaming and pay attention to what is going on around you.  Be observant of your surroundings.  At this point we've lived through some troubling times;  the decline in the economy in 2008, a high unemployment rate, an ever increasing national debt, a Congress that can't work together, and the list goes on.  How can we expect our children to make good choices in their future if they are uneducated?  We must be active parents and stop being lazy.

Originally I thought that the idea of volunteering was burdensome, but I realize the value of participation.  How would you have felt if your parents participated a little more while you were growing up?  By helping out we can improve the quality of our local education systems, reduce classroom violence, and make a positive influence on our children's quality of life.

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