Last week I chaperoned my boys on two separate field trips. It was back to back and to the same location – to watch a musical for two hours. I wasn’t sure I was going to survive because I can’t stand musicals and I knew my 4 year old would be squirmy before act two, but I’m glad I went. With the new baby, I know my kids have had less one-on-one time with me.
And I had some time to think about why it’s a good idea for me to chaperone my kids on fields trips as much as possible. First, my kids loved the attention. They were giddy that I was going and we even made a special morning out of it by making a trip to Starbucks for a special breakfast. I was even able to just take my preschooler home after the play so he got extra time with me.
Second, I knew the teachers would have a lot of kids to manage, so I wanted to do my part to help out. Plus, I knew my 4 year old would have a hard time sitting still for two hours without me. He probably would have talked to his friends or goofed off during the play. With me there, I took him out to the hallway when he go antsy. Yes, we did go to the bathroom 5 times in two hours but he was very well behaved. There were other kids who did have a hard time sitting still and misbehaved. I felt sorry for them because I knew their parents were going to get an earful from the teachers.
Third, I had a chance to talk to other parents. It was a great way to find out how other kids were doing in school, set up playdates, and get the scoop on classroom issues. I also caught up with my kids’ teachers. It’s usually so hard at pick-up time to get feedback from them, so a social outing was a great way to connect.
And finally, I was able to observe how my kids interacted with other kids and their teachers. I haven’t been able to volunteer in my kids’ classrooms since I have a new baby. So this was a great opportunity to see how my kids got along with others.
Do you like to chaperone for your kids? Tell me about it.