Today when I dropped Henry off at school (which ended up going so smoothly, I think we are getting this down….YAY!) I was greeted by a series of forms in his cubby. Since he only goes one day a week, I am use to this and the sheets are usually just miscellaneous things we throw away. As I left I skimmed through to see a magazine from the library, a flyer from a portrait company, and a Little Caesars fundraiser form?!!
Yep. So it begins.
My name is Jenn and I have a kid in “school” which means, like every other parent out there, I now fall into the category of annoying parent selling overpriced items on behalf of their kids to raise money for their school.
Now don’t get me wrong, I know this is a fundraiser and to help raise money for his daycare and it is a small daycare and I am MORE than happy to sell. But for me, I am not a fan of asking others to buy things from me. (One reason I am not selling Tastefully Simple anymore!!)
I actually worked at the Kidney Foundation for a year and a half right out of college and it was event planning and fundraising. I hated asking people/companies for things. It just makes me uncomfortable and it is not in my nature. I think I am more like “No, you don’t want to donate 1000 plates?!?! Oh, that is OK, I will just buy them and for way more than they are worth….i am sorry for the inconvenience.” Obviously you can tell why this job and I didn’t work out.
Yeah, I have pushover written all over me when I ask for stuff, especially from strangers. And asking friends or family makes me even more uncomfortable.
But now I am a parent. I understand it is good for his school, and when he gets older HE can go around and ask people. But right now, I am the mom who gets to bring the form into work and make a sign to put in the kitchen area and feel all uncomfortable about it. Infact today someone asked me and I said, “well the cost for 3 pizzas in a kit is $19 but you can get 3 hot and ready for $15.”
JENN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?! THAT IS NOT HOW YOU SELL STUFF!! Ugh.
Unless no one sells more than 4 kits I think we are out of getting a week’s worth of free tuition for Henry….sorry buddy!
Mom and Dad….I am also sorry for making you sell all those chocolate bars for so many years while I was in school!!!
So do you sell things for your kids school?! Do you feel as awkward as I do about it or do you embrace it and go door to door and sell?!?!
I wish I was comfortable enough going door to door but I would have major anxiety doing that....though if I was forced to, I would do it for Henry. But only Henry!