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Who Wants to be a Volunteer?

I don’t volunteer at my kids school. I don’t go to track and field day, I’m not a member of the PTA, and I most certainly don’t want to sit at a desk grading papers for my kids teacher. In fact, I have no intention of ever volunteering for anything, at all, ever.

Frankly, I think this makes me a genius.

I wish I could tell you a good reason for my indifference, or stand on a soapbox and defend my position. Basic fact of the matter is I just don’t care to do it. It’s not my thing.

Recently, I’ve heard that some schools are requiring parents to volunteer for 30 hours per school year. The schools want to make sure that the students are receiving the support they need.

To be honest, I think it sounds awful and makes me want to die inside.

I don’t want to be told how I should support my kids education. Oh sure, I’ll go to concerts and programs. I’ll even pay too much money for cotton candy at the school carnival. But the actual, physical act of going to my child’s class, is never going to happen. It’s just not for me.

I’m not a teacher. I don’t even babysit for my friends. I don’t want to have to pretend to like other people’s kids, and I don’t want slimy little hands touching me.

So no, I don’t want to be a volunteer in class or go on a field trip.... but I’m pretty sure their dad is available.

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About the Author: Caroline Bingham is managing editor of You can find her on Twitter, @CarolineBingham, or on her blog, Caroline and her husband live in Virginia with their four children.

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