Just when you thought the Mommy Wars were dead...
Same as I did last year for Middle, I am chaperoning this year's kindergarten field trip to the zoo with Baby.
As a full-time working (out of the home) mother, this is my "thing" - being able to accompany my child and his classmates on an outing. I am simply not able to volunteer in the classroom every week, or heck, even every month. Between sick days, vacation days, random appointments, etc., I just don't have the availability. So I made sure that I let Baby's teacher know way ahead of time that I wanted to be a chaperone. And nevermind the guilt I feel that this is the only field trip I'm doing. I do have two other sons as well who are also going on field trips this month. Ugh.
For the record: I am thankful for (and envious of!) the stay-at-home or work-at-home parents who are dedicated volunteers in my child's classroom.
Anyway, it was brought to my attention this week that the parents who are regular volunteers in the classroom are not taken into consideration as chaperones for the class field trips.
Which? I guess sorta makes sense?
That perhaps the field trip spots are reserved for parents like me? Parents who are unable to participate on a regular basis?
But to someone who consistently dedicates their time and energy, this is kind of a slap in the face, no?
It was basically stated to me (by a classroom volunteer) in this manner: "We do all the classroom drudgery and make the kids work, and then you get to come in and have FUN with them, while we aren't even CONSIDERED."
Which? Perhaps my definition of "fun" is a bit different because really? Riding in a bumpy tin can bus with hundreds of shrieking kindergarteners for 30 minutes to get to a stinky zoo and to have to lug a heavy backpack filled with bagged lunches while sweating and chasing 5 and 6 year olds around isn't necessarily my idea of FUN, lady.
But it is the one thing I can commit to at the end of the school year. So there's that.
I'm not sure what the right answer is. I just know that I resent being resented for something that isn't my choice.