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|Mon, 03-30-2009 - 11:57pm|
I joined a neighborhood mom's group. They coordinate all types of activities for families in the community. Including things like fundraisers, bake sales, potlucks, playgroups, and also fun things for the kids like pictures with santa, the easter bunny, etc. Most are women who do not work outside the home. Some work part time. One of them recently went back to work in a hospital, about 32 hours per week. So she quit doing the volunteer activities but wanted her child to still participate in a few things here & there; one of the moms made a resentful comment about how she wasn't "pulling her weight" and "we work hard to do these things and others (i.e. the working moms) don't pitch in". And now she is worried they might take their negative attitude out on her child as well, so she is withdrawing him from the activities. Is it okay to tell a parent that if they weren't part of the volunteer effort, that their child is no longer welcome to participate? Should one do volunteer work but resent those who don't or can't volunteer, for whatever reason?