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Back-to-School for Moms
As the summer comes to a close and back-to-school is ramping up, I’m over here trying to stay calm. My baby is off to pre-k and I’m not sure when he became a “big boy!” I’m not going to lie, I’m happy we are starting slow with just two days a week. But, I do look forward to having him continue in swimming and joining hockey this fall. All of this means it’s time for me to get organized and involved with the help of SignUp.com!
I asked Henry If he wants to go to pre-school. His reply, “No, I want to go to Target!” Me too, Bud. Me too.
Growing up my Mom always volunteered at school and was involved in our sports. If it was book-a-night, organizing snacks, or going on field trips- she was always there and that made me feel proud and important as a child. As a result, I want the same for Henry and Vivian.
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but sometimes I don’t speak up and volunteer for things I could easily help with. I always think, “What if I forget about something!?” “What if I don’t do the task up to expectations?” Honestly, the number one reason I don’t speak up and volunteer is because I always think there is someone better for the job, or a more seasoned “PTA Mom” that knows what she is doing.
True story, when I was in six grade, we got to choose between orchestra or band and what instrument we would never get any good at. I chose band and the alto saxophone (I thought I would become the next Lisa Simpson, surprise! My jazz career never took off!) We were supposed to bring our instrument to school two days a week for scheduled band practice. After forgetting my saxophone at home once, I was so embarrassed that I wanted to give up. Long story short, I’ve always been an anxious person and it takes away from the fun of being involved in things!
Making an (easy) change
Personally, the change of seasons brings change to our lives too. From summer to fall this year means I’ll become a mom of a child in school (well, part- time school) and this is a first for me. I’m trying to embrace the change and grow from it. Like I said before, my goal is to become more involved and organized.
I started this change over the summer when I volunteered to organize snack sign up for Henry’s swimming. This was my first time doing anything like this, but by using SignUp.com it was a breeze. I was happily surprised by how easy it was to set everything up, SignUp.com lays it out for you.
- You Plan- I created the event, “Community Swim- Wednesday Treat Sign Up” posted important information about how many snacks we needed, and any known food allergies (it only takes about 5 minutes to create a new event.)
- They Sign Up- Then, I added the parents to my event with their emails and SignUp.com sent them an email to join my event. From there, they could see the calendar and sign up to bring snack to any Wednesday that worked for them. If the date is already taken it will show by who and on what date.
- We Remind- Here’s my favorite part, SignUp.com sends out the reminder to the parent when it’s their day to provide the snack! This means the organizer of the event (aka you) doesn’t need to feel like The Nag, dun, dun, dun!
Feeling Confident and Stress-Free
Henry’s swimming is done and I successfully finished my very first coordination of volunteering! Next stop, PTA president! Just kidding, just kidding. But, in all seriousness SignUp.com has given me the confidence to step up and get involved in school, sports, or church. The best part is I’m not going to lose my hair over it either! SignUp.Com has millions of users, so anxious ones unite! Finally, the basic account is free and a great place to start for small groups and simple events.