Read This Before You Join the PTA

should i join the PTABack-to-school time isn't only for the kids, you know. At most schools you're expected to be almost as involved as the ones that are getting that education. In fact, as budget cuts hit public schools, parents may find themselves spending more time in the classroom than they ever thought possible.

The parent-teacher association at your school is most likely a necessity and, hopefully, a partnership that helps make the school better for your kids. So naturally, you should join up and do your share, right? Well, not so fast.

First let's take a look at the pros and cons of being a PTA member.

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PROS

You will be making your child's school as good as it possibly can be.

You could meet some new parent friends.

Your time will be really well spent, as most schools need every bit of help they can get.

Your child will see that you truly care about what goes on in his life.

You'll get the inside scoop on the school gossip.

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CONS

You'll get the inside scoop on the school gossip.

You may feel your time is better spent with your children instead of at their school.

You'll meet some crazy new parent friends/enemies.

Your work schedule will mean your volunteer schedule sucks up your weekends.

So, are you joining the PTA?

 

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