Nothing sorts the men from the boys and the women from the girls, more than volunteering at your child’s school.
Some parents love it.
They throw themselves into the task, frantically volunteering for as much as they can with delightful enthusiasm.
Others slink away, missing the gene or the time or the energy to volunteer. And it’s all good. As long as you know which tribe you are from and don’t try and go all ‘divergent’ on the school. That only confuses them.
If you want to volunteer at your child’s school, first you need to figure out where you are on this list.
Do you know who you are?
You only THINK you do.
Here are the definitive six types of school parent volunteers:
1. The Over-Volunteer
There are some parents who have their tentacles in every volunteer pie at the school, and what talented tentacles they are. The over-volunteers love volunteering, are good at volunteering, and put all other volunteers to shame.
And they are the ones who are WATCHING you. They are the ones who can tell if you bought a cake from the shops instead of baking it.
They are connected. They have connections to local businesses only happy to help the school out or worse, they own one.
Just give up already. You'll never beat them.
These parents have school wired and normally have equally successful children. Remember that line from the song 'Wind Beneath My Wings'? It must have been cold there in my shadow.... You can only ever be in their shadows, but don't let that stop you.
You must not give up!