Little school of Halloween horrors

Oh yes, school is getting more terrifying by the day. Seven reasons for modern parents to be afraid, very afraid.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Scary volunteer moms

She spots you curbside at the school pickup area, and you duck behind a tree. Eyes gleaming like a predator going in for the kill, she clutches her clipboard, her pumps hitting the pavement with a terrifying patter. Her updo is impeccable, her power suit immaculate. You glance down at your oatmeal-stained sweatpants.

Is there no mercy? It’s not enough that you ignored her emails, phone calls, Google spreadsheet invitation, and countless IMs. Now she’s calling your name like a long-lost BFF. Your mind races. What have you forgotten — the $5 for the teacher gift? Brownies for the bake sale? The hose! You were supposed to supply one for the car wash, right?

Suddenly, the horrifying truth dawns on you: You might escape this year’s scary volunteer mom, but there’s always another one. And she will find you, and in the end you won't be able to say no to her. Because in addition to everything else, she’s got something you don’t: moral high ground.

Comments from readers

"hah, almost funny if it weren't so scary...I, along with several other families, had to pull my kids out of a school where they were running the mom logged 60 (yes, sixty!) volunteer hours in one week! They roamed the school like a pack of wolves, knew all the gossip about the kids and their parents, and they dictated who did what and when! "
"My grandson's fifth grade teacher has specifically asked parents NOT to help the child with homework. Thank heaven!"