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I have 4 kids – 3 at home and my oldest is going into 3rd grade this year. I just can’t seem to find the time to volunteer at school and I feel SO guilty! Am I being a bad mom to my 3rd grader?




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I have 4 kids – 3 at home and my oldest is going into 3rd grade this year. I just can’t seem to find the time to volunteer at school and I feel SO guilty! Am I being a bad mom to my 3rd grader?


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Lisa @ School Family writes:
Luvmy4kids: Arlene is right - Don’t sweat it. Your time will come! Getting involved is great, both for your kids and your school, but there’s a right time and right way for everyone. For you, you have an important job with kiddies at home right now! This isn’t the best time to take on a big volunteer role. Instead of feeling guilty, go to the PTO events, like the ice cream socials and book fairs and have fun! When the time is right, get involved. Until then, don’t stress. ~ Lisa
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arlene writes:
ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! We can only be ROBO MOMS in the movies however in the real world we are already HEROS to our kids and we just dont no it!!!
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nicoles writes:
There are tons of ways to help from home. Ask your 3rd grader's teacher if there are papers you can help cut, fold, or staple. I help my daughter's teacher with the monthly book club orders and setting-up arts and crafts projects -- all from home.
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Devora writes:
Don't feel guilty! We can't do it all, all the time. I think what matters most is that your 3rd grader knows that education is important to you. That can come from spending time together reading and talking about school in a positive way. I say do what you can, when you can, and don't worry about it.
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BlessedMom writes:
I understand your position. I have two year old and one in kindergarten. My son's class has 32 students and his teacher appreciates volunteers. I can't be there as much as I would like so I volunteer by doing "home work". After my children are in bed I do my work while watching TV. I crop photos, assemble packets, bake cupcakes, glue eyes on sock puppets and many other jobs that are necessary but don't require me to be in the classroom. Contact your child's teacher to find out how you can help too. I'm positive they will appreciate your assistance. It will teach your children you care about their education, you want to be involved in their school life, and to be volunteers themselves. I hope this helps. :)
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