Most parents, when they get the field trip forms, get to decide: do I want to go along on this or not. I usually have a note attached asking me to come along and manage Nathan. So I've been on every field trip for junior kindergarten, senior kindergarten, grade one and grade two.
We recently got a permission form for the next field trip and to my surprise, I didn't have a note suggesting compulsory attendance. Which was good since I have two meetings at work on that day, and while I know my bosses would be accommodating, I didn't want to have to ask for more favours.
They're giving it a try to see if Nathan does all right with a non-me volunteer. If this is the case, I will then have the same choice as all the other parents.
On the one hand, it's been nice getting to participate in all these extracurricular activities. On the other, it's going to be nice to have the option of not-participating sometimes.