Magazine article Working Mother

Follow On

Magazine article Working Mother

Follow On

Article excerpt

True story: As I descended the stairs one day from my kids' first school event of the year, I happened upon not only fresh coffee, but also some of the most delicious banana bread I'd ever tasted. The catch? It was offered up as part of our school's annual volunteer fair, where myriad parent committees vie for volunteer talent.

Afterschool! Grant Writing! Newspaper Club! School Website! Delirious with caffeine and sugar, I signed up for three (!) committees. It was only after I left the building that I realized I had broken my own cardinal rule of school volunteering: Follow, Don't Lead.

Seven years ago when my eldest entered elementary school, I created this boundary for myself to help me know when to say yes (help facilitate Wellness in the Schools Day) and when to say no (lead the fifth-grade dance committee). Here's how my boundaries work for me: Don't lead, but volunteer early and often; be the first to get your dollars and forms turned in so the organizer doesn't have to track you down; never forget your day to bring in snacks. …

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