Kathie Lee & Hoda: How To Say No For Parents
The kids have already been back in school for about a month now and it is likely you have already been asked to volunteer for the PTA or some fundraising events. Have you succumbed to the peer pressure and signed up or did you go running to the hills? Kathie Lee and Hoda talked with Bruce Feiler, father of two and columnist for the New York Times who wrote an article called “It’s O.K. to Skip That Bake Sale,” and Linda Fears, Editor-In-Chief at Family Circle Magazine, who shared that is it okay to say no to volunteering at your child’s school.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Parents Involved At Their Child’s School
Bruce said we all know from research that the more the parents are involved in their child’s education, that’s great. If you can volunteer and you are inclined, that’s great. The schools need the help. He said schools are overstretched and under-funded. He said also that we know that volunteering isn’t going to help your child get ahead in school and it is not the standard of good parenting. If you don’t have the time or you have toddlers in different schools, Bruce said you don’t have to feel guilty if you say no.
Volunteering At Child’s School: Competition Between The Moms
Linda said it does turn into a competition between the moms. She said Dads never feel guilty for not volunteering in schools, so it definitely is a Mom thing. She said volunteer with what you can, whether is only that one class trip a year and your child will remember that.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Working Moms
Bruce said working Moms today spend more time with their kids then non-working Moms did in the past. There is this change going on and that is where pressure comes from. He said where is the line between what is expected and what is over-parenting.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: A Child Learning Independence
Linda said what is most important for the child and for the teachers, is that the children get a good night’s sleep and good breakfast and you help them stay organized and their homework is done. She said that is going to help your child out the most at the end of the day.
Parents: Meet Your Child’s Teacher
Bruce said the most important thing a parent can do is go in and meet the teacher. Let them know if they need you, then call you. A teacher will be more involved with that child if they know the parent is involved.