Thursday, October 27, 2011

Parents + Kids = Volunteerism

OK~I'm thinking today~ and I do NOT necessarily think that thinking is always a good thing, but it usually is! The activities our two boys have been and continue to be involved in, have always involved the parents in one form/shape or another. What's been so interesting over the years is that the same people are involved in the scouting events, the church events, the team events......Our youngest son completed Cub Scouting more than five years ago and I just recently learned that the Cub Scout Pack has struggled, been non-existent for a period of time, and continues on the brink of collapsing. How sad is that? When we were involved in this pack, there were several active adults ( who were also at the church activities and other happenings in the community) that were involved in the pack. Cub Scouting takes a load of volunteers to make things happen!

 So.....what I am observing, is contrary to what I am hearing from the media. I am hearing that volunteerism is up~ But where? People.... Parents- Our kids are the future! Be involved in the activities your kids are participating in. No, this does not give you permission to be a helicopter parent, but permission to become involved. The last PTO meeting at our local school- 7-12 Graders- Close to (under) 20 people in attendance with 1/2 being school employees. This are just ONE Mom's observation...

Oh yeah...and the cookie cut-out fundraiser for my son's trapshooting team. Guess what? It's the same people, same parents, same kids that have signed up to help. Now, I honestly have no clue as to what is so difficult to stand at a table and place frozen cookies in the hands of people. Do you see a trend here? I'm beginning to think that those of us that are involved are enabling these other parents....I'm thinking that other parents seem to think that oh, "So and so will do it."

My thoughts continue...I'm still searching for the answer in regards to all of these people volunteering. Don't get me wrong~ There are many people that I know that are volunteering, making a difference in the lives of our kids. But, people~ let's not burn them out! Step up to the plate and take your turn~ it's really not that hard and you will meet new people, while making a difference in the life of a young person!

For now...This Mom will continue to Think.... My Motto:  If you are NOT involved- Do NOT complain~After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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