Is being involved in the P and C really scary? In one word – Yes. Is it worth getting involved in the P and C? In one word – Yes
I remember the first time I walked into a P and C meeting. I was too scared to say anything in case I said something wrong or politically incorrect. Let me explain why it is easy to be intimidated. The P and C consist of several distinct personality types. See if you can recongise any of these types:
This mum has usually had a very stressful and important career prior to having kids. She is used to running the show, delegating and preparing spreadsheets and minutes. She forgets that the people she is working with are not actually employees but other mums. She loves to email you at 11pm and then call you first thing in the morning asking if they have read her email. Recognition, glory and recapturing that sense of being in charge is why she works so hard on the P and C. Some people say that she keeps having more children so she can be involved in the school for a long period of time. They have every piece of equipment to be organised (including an A4 and A3 laminator). Disclosure note – I may at one stage been one of these mums.
The Leave-It-With-Me Mum
The mum who puts her hand up for everything. She is at every event, her name appears in every newsletter and she is the first point of contact for everything. This mum basically lives at the school. She is best friends with everyone. She loves the notoriety. However she complains consistently about how much work she puts into the school and how her husband has begged her to slow down.
The Volunteer Mum
The mum who you can always rely on. She is not in it for the glory. She will always be the first to give you assistance. When you send out a note requesting volunteers, she is always the first to reply and never complains.
The I’ll-Do-It Mum
A person who says they will do something, but then never gets around to doing it. However they think they should be applaudedfor being involved.
Always beautifully dressed. She does not sweat, she glows. Her house is stunning and nibbles are always beautifully prepared (no tim tams and instant coffee here). This can go two ways. Either the Glamazon is one of the nicest people you will ever meet or she will eat you for breakfast.