This post is sponsored by VolunteerSpot and TravelingMom
We know it’s coming, every autumn – that crush of back-to-school craziness that takes over and makes our heads spin with trying to figure out who is supposed to be where and when. Does he have everything he needs for football practice? Does she have her dance shoes on and hair done? Has anybody finished their homework? Where am I supposed to be going again??
Dads and Moms all know that one of the biggest keys to making the transition from summertime slouch to fall frenzy is delegation. That’s the whole point of carpooling, right? It takes a village, after all – or at least as much help as you can muster.
Single parents, working parents, even at-home parents can’t do it alone, especially when you are presented with every volunteer opportunity and fund raiser you can imagine just within the first few weeks of school. We are busy people and whether we’re on the road or flying all over for work every week or simply putting dozens of miles on the car by chauffeuring our kids around town, we need help.
No, you can’t do it all alone, but that’s where going back-to-school with VolunteerSpot becomes your new best friend. The genius here is that it pulls together a way to assign tasks to a group or have group members all sign up for tasks that best fit their own schedules – without all of those long email chains that cause important information to get lost in the shuffle of thank-you’s and, “I can’t help on Monday, but…”. Not only that, but VolunteerSpot can add your assigned tasks or scheduled shifts right onto your online calendar so you can make sure not to overschedule yourself. And you get reminders of what you’ve signed up for too, so that you can make it there on time, rather than having to make excuses later for why you were late or didn’t arrive at all. Because admit it, we’ve all been there. And it’s not fun.
We all want to be our kids’ hero, and being able to help out, drive, volunteer, bring snacks or whatever else goes a long way both in our kids’ eyes and in helping our schools, neighborhoods and communities so that more kids can participate and enjoy the benefits of sports, scouts, youth group or other activities.
Here’s another way that you can help out your school – enter VolunteerSpot’s ‘After School Cool’ sweepstakes where they’re giving away more than $20,000 in prizes for you, and your school! Prizes include a $500 Amex card (to help fund whatever your school may need), $150 Care.com FreeTime credits, $75 Cabot Creamery gift packs, gift cards and more. Plus you’ll be automatically entered to win a $1,500 grant for your favorite school!
Don’t forget to enjoy these years of crazy chaos, because before we know it the kids will be out the door and on their way to their own, independent lives. Where someday they will likely find themselves in their own hectic mix of work, kids, family and life – and start to understand at least a little bit of what we went through to get them there.
Deb S. writes as Technology TravelingMom and also on her blog at Just a mom’s take on things… She has three daughters and one very outnumbered husband, who has learned to embrace the glitter and drama – mostly.