As many of you know, sometimes I have this deplorable habit of letting my mouth run independent of my brain. I know, that seems to be an Alex, Benjamin, Brooke, Patrick, Edward and let’s face it even Carolina trait, but apparently I do it to and I fear I might have bitten of a bit more than I can chew!
So the thing is, for some thirty seconds last week a an alien came to Earth, inhabited my body, walked up to my youngest son’s teacher and spoke the words, “I’d love to be the homeroom mom”.
Please don’t misunderstand, I love my son and love doing the chaperoning and helping and whatnot, but I have no idea how to even be a homeroom mom! Last year–and all the years my kids were in preschool–there were always these one or two moms who’d claim this “Homeroom Mom” honor before enrollment papers were filled out, so I feel very lost, considering that I agreed to the role because nobody else would.
So, here I am, laying it all out there for all the world to see, what do you (as in the teacher, the mother of the other kids in the class and of course the kids in the class) expect from me? I do know that I’ll be expected to go on all of the field trip with Mega Purse in tow loaded down with water bottles, bandaids, sunscreen, extra money, and a camera. I also know that I’ll be the one coordinating the parties for Thanksgiving, Christmas (yes, I can still say Christmas at this school!), Valentines Day and of course Teacher Appreciation week by deciding on the decorations and buying the decorations and the food. But surely there is more to it than this.
Can I delegate by calling the other moms in the class and asking them to send things or is that frowned upon? What can I do to help the teacher where she can teach the class and I can just do my duties? (By the way, my kids both had her last year and we get along really well, so I have no doubt she’ll tell me if something is or isn’t working.) What are the kids expecting from me besides the obvious that I’ll be a never-ending supply of candy and to play games on my phone on the way to field trips?
All right there you have it! I know it’s a shocker, but I, too, am human and have this thick haze of confusion where my kids are concerned. If anyone has any advice and suggestions for what I need to know or ideas for what I should do, I welcome them all!