As adults, it can be really tricky to make the leap to friendship, especially if you are someone who has moved to a new town or who isn’t naturally outgoing. It's not as easy as it is for our kids, who seem to make friends simply by sitting near someone in a sandbox. But a wonderful benefit of being in a cooperative preschool is finding your “tribe,” and Family Preschool offers plenty of great opportunities for parents to build a community.
In the cooperative setting, you have a chance to casually get to know your fellow parents while working in the classroom as helping parents. From there, it's easy to get more involved in the community through fun events like our Parents Night Out meetups, or even just hanging out after pickup on our playground. One of my favorite parenting tactics is lingering on the playground for as long as possible, which my kids love and has the added bonuses of avoiding battles about watching television and getting to spend the afternoon chatting with other parents - win/win! They would be perfectly happy to stay there playing until close to dinnertime (so would I), and I believe we have done just that at least a few times.
Another way FPS encourages community building is through our annual spring camping trip. This year, we will be visiting Jordan Lake. A lot of our families will be coming out to sleep out in the woods, meet a ranger who will share some information about the wildlife we might spot at the park, and, of course, swim or paddle canoes in the lake. The memories our kids make together will last a lifetime, and activities like these are a great way to connect with other families. This will be my third campout, and I am really looking forward to spending time with our friends and getting to know some of the newer families. The roots of our FPS community go deep, and I have made many friends during my years here.
Hope to see you all at the campout!
- Family Relations Chair