After being one of the few chaperons on my daughter’s most recently field trip, I’ve become aware of a commonality when chaperoning. Only the parents of the relatively well-behaved kids volunteer for what ends up being a personal reminder of why my daughter is an only child. The bad ass kids, who need a chaperon… their own one on one chaperon, don’t have parents who show up to accompanying them.
I suspect there’s some embarrassment as they know they can’t control their child and that’s why junior is a raving nut in public with me. Or they are just truly too lazy to get up before noon to shower and leave their home…again, another evidence of why I’m pulling children out of the prohibited areas of museum exhibits.
There should be a mandate that if your offspring is a rapscallion then you have to go on the field trip so I can save money on Excedrin and red wine later.