As parents (and mothers especially, let's get real) we are stretched to the limit. Between raising our children, professional commitments (whether you work outside the home or not), aging parents and the multitude of issues that arise on a daily basis, it can be a challenge just getting dinner on the table at night... and that's with a committed partner, by the way. Single parents have the same stress minus the extra set of hands. So what are some ways to get involved in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) when you're already strapped for time? Volunteering can easily fall to the bottom of the priority list.
You want to be there, of course. The intention to be present at PTA meetings is genuine, but getting there... well, that's the hard part, never mind actually participating in any fundraisers. As reported by PTA.org, kids do better in school when their parents are involved. In more than 85 research studies conducted over the past 30 years, it has been proven that grades are higher, test scores improve and attendance increases when parents are a part of school improvement programs. Additionally, parents involved in their child's school come to understand any challenges the schools might be facing, and are able to become a part of the solution. But how do busy parents make PTA participation a part of their already crowded schedule? Here are a few ideas: