Working Moms – We’re in the Business of Over-Scheduling Ourselves
Working moms may have jam-packed schedules, but I think we enjoy it!
It’s that time of year again: the azaleas blooming, kids are breaking out the shorts, and we’re heading out on after-dinner dog walks to enjoy the days staying lighter a little bit later. And it’s May, which also means elementary school parents are often inundated with school-year-end drama performances, chorus shows, poetry reading nights, art shows, pool club payments, camp carpool preparations and much more.
This month also means thinking about the next school year coming up – PTA board elections, people asking parents to chair future committees, recommit to events or sign up to run special school activities. What names are often at the tops of these lists of parent volunteers? Moms who work full-time outside the home.
The old saying goes, if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. This seems to ring true in Potomac and nearby suburbs.
Sitting at a school committee meeting the other night, the members – all working moms – wondered aloud if we get so involved because we feel guilty we can’t be with our kids much during the day. That is a tough question to answer, and it’s one that may be different for every individual.
Perhaps we get involved in official school positions so we can stay in the loop about what’s going on in the school. Maybe it’s to help ensure teachers and staff at least recognize our faces should our kids have pressing or special needs where we need their help. Or, maybe we just enjoy it. I actually do.
Our kids also seem excited and proud we’re involved in their school – and that in itself makes it time well spent.
Two times in my life I’ve seen my nine-year-old son incredibly proud of me: once was when I crossed the finish line of a 5K run and when I spent the day at his school running a Dr. Seuss Birthday “Read Across America” event.
I also find school event planning and committee work invigorating, creative and thought provoking. It’s different from my “real” job, and it’s also different to work with other moms as part of a team. I even got a kick out of baking. I spent a recent rainy Saturday making two-dozen cupcakes for my kindergartener’s school bake sale to raise money for a charity, and I actually enjoyed it.
So, this week, I will go about my overscheduled days on my own free will – school carnival planning, flyer stapling, PTA meetings and more. All the while working my full-time job and freelance writing articles with looming due dates. I enjoy it. I could choose not to do it, but I do.
And so, on this Mother’s Day week, I applaud all the other working moms – and there are many – who do it, too.