11 Crazy Things You Learn While Chaperoning Your Kid's Field Trip
Chaperoning your kid's class field trip is a dreaded duty every parent must take on eventually. Your grade schooler is dying for you to join them on their next class outing to the zoo, the theatre, or a museum, and you can only use the excuse of being too busy or, even better, not being "chosen" by the teacher (darn!) so many times before your number is up. And when it is, you're right to be afraid, very afraid. Sure, you'll get to spend some extra quality time with your kid, but you'll also be joined by some stranger children who are sure to use your nonteacher and not-their-parent status against you.
Before you get on the school bus to hell that is a field trip involving young children, prepare yourself. Not only do you need to be hydrated, carb-loaded, and armed with tissues (for them), Advil (for you), and a hell of a lot of patience, but you should also be prepared to gain some interesting insights into your own child, their friends, and your own pain tolerance. Here are 11 things you'll learn during your day of chaperoning, some of which you probably never wanted to know at all.