What does the word family mean to you? On my school drop-offs and pick-ups, I notice many grandparents doing that role. How lucky for those kids to have their grandparents present on a daily basis, and for the parents to have assistance!
The other day I was looking through pictures from a year ago and realized many of my friendships were with mothers from my neighborhood and moms of my kids’ friends from their school. I think of their school in many ways as a “family”.
When my kids first started school, I had no idea who to list as an emergency contact besides my spouse. With no extended family in the area, we were at a loss in that area.
Over the years, I’ve asked other moms, “Can I list you as an emergency contact?” They’ve said yes, fortunately.
After over ten years in Philly, I feel like there is a network of other moms who I can turn to if I needed help. If you don’t have family in your area, what do you do?
I’ve worked out carpools with other moms when logistically it made sense rather than spinning my wheels.
As I looked through my photos I realized I’m part of a school family and would feel perfectly content if my children stay at the school until 8th grade.
I am grateful for getting to know these mothers through car pools, birthday parties, class trips, etc. We all want what’s best for our children.
Do you feel you are part of a school community?
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