Three of my four kids are in school at Northern Lights Elementary
and when Grace was in kindergarten I went in for my first, official, Parent-Teacher Association meeting but I've learned since then and have boycotted PTA ever since. Why?
13. I'm in what is clinically known as "Mini-van Denial" wherein the victim refuses to admit that she is yes, a full-fledged Mom with four kids, a van and a card in her pocket that says, "Proud member of PTA."
12. No time. I think you caught the four kids part and obviously I'm spending way too much time blogging or I wouldn't be typing such a mundane list.
11. I'm leaving it to the big girls. Because Northern Lights is popular and you have to sign your kids up for a lottery to get in (and the waiting list is as big as the school population) there are more than your average number of involved parents. Not enough work to go around anyway, they're always looking for things to do so I'm not exactly missed.
10. My kids don't want me there at school looking over their shoulders. They like a bit of autonomy and are okay with me letting them have the school to themselves.
9. Keeping a low profile ensures I won't be hit up to serve on the PTA board. I'm not a public figure, no thanks, no way. I'd rather spend my time publishing my deepest thoughts for the entire blogosphere to see (do you think the entire blogosphere is listening?)
8. I get to avoid
dumb important meetings to vote on gripping issues like whether there should be a rolling-dot matrix sign at the entrance to the parking lot to inform parents of current events (because you want people lingering to read signs while they're picking up/dropping off their kids in an already brutally crowded parking lot).
6. Shock value. It's really kind of fun to hear another mother's reaction to the fact that I don't belong to the PTA. I couldn't get that kind of a gasp if I said I belonged to Al-Quaida.
5. I'm a bit of a rebel when it comes to conventional-wisdom and "everyone else is doing it" and since I don't really have the guts to sport a mohawk and a tattoo saying, "Berkeley or Bust" I'll just stick with my tiny little protest against The Man--or maybe The Woman--somehow I feel PTA is distinctly female.
4. I'd rather keep my $5 membership fee. I think it may be up to $10 by now, but $5 is $5 and I'd rather do cheese bread at Moose's Tooth than enroll in PTA.
3. I don't have any more. I can only come up with ten reasons (isn't that enough??) I told you I was a bit of a rebel.
But having said all this, after my post last week about showing television in school, I'm wondering if maybe I should be a bit more involved . . . maybe it's time to change my policies.
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