In Their Own Sweet Time, I have a list of 10 ways parents can enjoy kid time more. One of them is to chaperone kid excursions. As a few Mosaic Project participants pointed out to me, regular during-the-day school volunteering is tough for working parents. Some did it, but for many people, an every-Tuesday-at-10-am commitment isn’t going to fly. Chaperoning field trips, on the other hand, is a great way to get involved that gives you a lot of bang for your time buck. Field trips don’t happen too often, so it’s a limited time commitment. You get to go somewhere interesting. You get to spend time with your kid and his friends while they’re doing something they’ll find more memorable than sitting in history class.
So, as part of my semi-regular commitment to take my own advice, I chaperoned my 5-year-old’s field trip to go see the Egypt exhibit at an area museum today. I have a mini-van now, so I can load a few kids in there. I thought my kid would be excited about me doing it.
And he was. All in all, it went pretty well. Being responsible for a handful of 5-year-old boys is occasionally nerve-wracking (I had to park on the roof deck of a nearby parking garage, so there was a lot of walking through that parking garage with the crew). But it was also fascinating to see how my son interacted with his peers, being a little tough dude, yet also wanting to hug me. The mummies and tombs were interesting (to me at least) though I also got the sense that the highlight for the kids was that I let them watch Ice Age in the van on the way back to school. Indeed, one little boy wanted to sit in my car for the next hour to finish the movie!
Photo: The Rosetta Stone. Not the actual Rosetta Stone, but a replica they put in our museum.