Now that I have more flexibility at work I was determined to be more involved with my kids' schools and events. I still don't get home until 5:30p to 6p, but I figure I could do more.
My older son's school (middle school) has a great program where they have a set of buses that takes kids home late if they participate in after-school activities. I thought that was awesome so I encouraged him to find a group he wanted to be in. So of course he picks the one group that happens after the late buses leave and requires major participation from parents: The Robotics Club.
This would be so awesome for him, but it means I'd have to not only get him up to school every Tuesday evening by 6p, but also stay for the entire practice (60-90 minutes). The parents are supposed to coordinate fund-raising for the group, transportation to competitions, decorate our spot at competitions, create and pay for give-aways (buttons or t-shirts) at competitions and stuff like that. Competitions are always on Saturdays which is fine for me...I never work weekends...but they could be anywhere in the bi-state area. Also, since DH works a variable schedule that means dragging my younger son to practices and competitions whenever DH isn't available to watch him.
I really want him to do this...it would be so good for him and really play to his strengths. I'm just not sure I can make this commitment and I feel horrible about it. I'm not sure which is worse in this case: trying and failing or not trying at all.
What do you think? Are your kids in after school activities? How do you manage?