Many families require that both parents work. Ours is one of those families. I spent a few years working in an office -- and hated it -- but now I am self-employed and work my own hours. I do some contract accounting work, both from home and at clients' office, and I also hold a few freelance writing jobs. Self-employment has the benefit of being flexible, for the most part, and so this past year I was able to volunteer at my kids' school again.
Helping first graders with their journals is an amazing experience. So
is joining your son's fourth grade class on an all-day bike trip or
helping your other son's class on their track and field trip. I have so many memories
with each of my kids that I wouldn't have if I were working 9-5 in an
office. Volunteering means that some nights I have to work in order to
meet deadlines, but it's worth it. So worth it.
In addition to having these extra memories with my kids, I have gotten to know their teachers and friends really well. These are the people they spend the bulk of their day with and you know what? They're pretty great people. I love, too, how some of the other kids know me so well that they'll tackle-hug me when they see me. And I love being able to text photos of my friends' kids to them when they're working or at home wrangling babies.
Do you volunteer at your kids' school? What do you love/hate about it?
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