Being a grown up

At what point do you start to feel like a responsible adult?

I’m over 40, I’ve run businesses and traded internationally, I have two small children but in truth, I don’t really feel like a grown up.

I’m no longer scared of the boogieman and I’m pretty sure the only things lurking underneath my bed are stray pieces of lego and a crumpled tissue. I can pillage and burn with the best of ‘em ;)

But I still find teachers quite scary. I still always feel a little guilty at parents evening, as if I’m expecting to be told that I really haven’t been putting enough effort in.

My plans for world domination are in hand, so what in the name of all that’s holy, did I think I was doing getting myself nominated to be a Parent Governor at the boys school?

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Something useful to be doing to help the school, finding out what really goes on, making sure no-one’s ever going to try and fob me off again…… who knows. The truth is, I had to email the Chair of the Governor’s to ask what it was they actually did!

There’s supposed to be an election apparently, but none was required as I was the only person stupid brave enough to apply.

So now I’ve got stacks of paperwork to look at, training courses to go on and a funny feeling that any minute, someone is going to realise that I’m not really a responsible adult after all. There’s this strange feeling of the weight of expectation, it’s a responsible position and currently, I have absolutely no idea what I’m supposed to be doing. I believe this is where the training courses might well come in handy.

I’m not entirely sure what skills I’ll be bringing to the table, apart from knowing the school system from the parent’s side, from having seen exactly how a school should not be run. I’m not entirely sure what level of SEN experience I can claim, the options on the skills audit are “highly experienced”, “medium experience” and “some experience”. Tempting to cross it all out and put “WAY more than you” but that probably wouldn’t look good.

So here we are: I like the school, the staff are great, for the most part the boys are happy there and the staff are willing to go out of their way to help them. So I guess, in return I shall go out of my way to help the school. It only seems fair.

The next Governor’s meeting is in a week or so. I’ll let you know how it goes.







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