Thursday, July 28, 2011

Working moms vs. Motor moms!

I can't wait for school to start up again, because then we get the list of all the school volunteer opportunities.
  • Motor moms -- What the heck is a motor mom do you ask? I keep imagining a biker chic, but apparently it has something to do with gross motor skills.  Who knew!
  • Classroom parent aides -- every suburban classroom has gotta have one... or two!
  • School materials get-togethers -- Moms gather at Starbucks or Panera and put together classroom materials for teachers.  Always during school hours;  never an evening event.
  • PTO fundraising events -- Forget bake sales.  It's the big time now!  Glossy brochures, monthly orders, pledge sheets...
My kids bring home these volunteer sheets like they are certifications of Mom Guilt. Here you go Working Mom!  Evidence you are a Bad Mother!

Daughter: "Mom, why don't you ever help out in the classroom, like Aiden's mom?"

Bad Mom: "I have to work."

Daughter: "EVERY DAY?"

Bad Mom: "Yes, every day. Do any dads come and help?"

Daughter: "No, just the moms. So are you going to help with something? Anything?"


Then, just to pile the guilt on some more, I get a calendar sent home with every-good-mom's assigned volunteer dates and times -- a confirmation that I'm a Bad Mom.

Thank you, sir!  May have have another!


This was prompted by Mama Kat's world family writing prompt.  She wanted to know what I missed about the school year!

Mama’s Losin’ It


Arnebya said...

Ugh! I hate the pre-assigned dates to show up. Um, I love my kids just as much as everyone else but I'ma need a little bit more wiggle room so that I'm not outdoing my bad mom rep I got last year. Give me until mid-school year for that at least, please.

Emily said...

Ugh, at kindergarten orientation in the WINTER, they already gave us literature as to what we would like to do. Help!

SisterSister said...

I remember all these things from when my first born was in school and I had to work full-time...and I actually let my kid eat the SCHOOL LUNCH instead of packing for him everyday. I'm sure I was near the bottom of the list

hi from Mamak's

kisatrtle said...

I am working at kindergarten orientation....ugh

Jake Phillips said...

It's really hard when kids are asking why are we not attending to school activities. That's why I commend working mothers who can juggle everything.

nyc moms

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