Thursday, September 13, 2012
The last of this subject....
When I started this blog....I stuck to finance. Over time, I have branched out and shared a little more about my personal life. I figured....that is what I like to read....so there must be others who like to read that stuff also.
Realizing that I was opening myself up to criticism, I attempted to edit some of what I shared. The fall out of that mode of thinking presented itself to wide criticism based on what I said...even though there was more to the story.
Which brings us to....PTA.
I have a feeling that many of you seem to think that PTA takes 20 hrs a week of my time. That I am slaving away at this. That this volunteer program takes the place of spending time with my family, takes the place of work responsibilities, and has the tendency to be all consuming.
Like many other things....the start of something tends to be a project in itself. And with the start of school, there are alot of start of year action items. So right now...I am very busy. But it settles down for awhile.....then it gets busy....and it settles down.
I stated in a comment yesterday that this will be my last year at this level of involvement. At least for a while. Next year I plan to still be a member. Attend the monthly meeting. Maybe volunteer for ONE event. But no...I will not be on the board.....I will not be co-chairing events. My kids will be at a new school at that point, and I will need to learn the lay of the land.
Many of you have a negative view of the PTA because your personal experience has been less than positive. Many of you stated PTA benefits the children of the people in charge. Or that it is for people with alot of time on their hands.
If everyone sat back and said "someone else can do it" then I guarantee no one would do it. Pass the buck. Let someone else worry about that. BE THE CHANGE.
Someone has to be the vehicle to get things done. And the most successful organization are those that not only have active participants....but they foster a sense that this is important....and this is why you should be involved. The idea is....show people what is possible....get them involved.
And then over time....that small group of people gets larger.
This type of work isn't for everyone...and I am not saying that everyone should run out and do this. But unless you have ever tried, how do you know it isn't for you?
I am guessing that most of you have NO IDEA how all of this actually works. Just like I have no idea how some of the things you are involved in actually work. But I would also bet that if you saw some of the amazing things we do...you would think WOW.
I am a parent. I have a teaching degree. This is what I do. I am not burnt out. My children are not neglected (although my dishes are some days!). My husband is fine with it. My kids love saying "my mom did THAT." I love meeting the parents, and I love knowing the teachers on a first name basis.
So...that said. I will not be discussing this topic anymore. It is a sore spot for me when people don't see the value in what I do. And while I shouldn't need anyone's approval....I also don't need to hear the negatives either. I am proud of this....end of story.