How to Stop Hating School Carnivals


How to Stop Hating School Carnivals
Attending events at your child's school can be tough as a parent. Get some advice here!

By GoodNCrazy, Carissa Rogers, for

Hate School Carnivals? Well, Hate No More!



Do fall school fundraisers get you down? The experts at VolunteerSpot are hearing a lot of naysayers out there.

“Carnivals are too chaotic to bring younger siblings.”


“The fun-factor at festivals is offset by the cost-factor!”

At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old man, one blogger put it this way:


“Attempting to meander through throngs of people who are likely less clueless than I am about what they are doing, all while pushing a stroller for a few hours is what Dante should have named one of his Hell levels. Add to that, the bigger kids taking advantage of my five-year-old's passive nature relative to line-breaking etiquette, and I'm unimpressed. I'll eventually be chasing my two-year-old, who does his best to disappear in the crowd like an escaped convict, since we made the rookie mistake of releasing from the confines of the stroller. Meanwhile my husband is trying to give CPR to the goldfish we spent $57 to win while the older son cries because his new pet is suddenly belly up. No. Thanks.”

—Tricia Oakes of Southern Spark

Related: Confessions of an Irrational, Control-Freak Mom


Schools work hard to create a fun, festive atmosphere at their fall fundraisers and we’re here to help your family enjoy them for what they’re meant to be!

6 Tips to Help You Walk Away Loving the Fall School Fundraiser:


1. Budget It: Set an allowance for kids to spend at the fundraiser. Keep money in separate envelopes for each child to make it easier to track who has spent what, and how much they have left. Encourage them to spend wisely; help them know their limits.

2. Time It: Allot a specific amount of time for your family to enjoy the big day – whether two hours or four, have a conversation beforehand with the family and be specific about when everyone should gather to leave.


3. Bag It: Save yourself the time of stuffing your purse full of prizes, and inevitably losing them by bringing your own re-usable bag to the event. Hold tickets, prizes and candy for safe travel back home.

4. Help It: Get in your school volunteer hours by supervising a game booth, taking tickets, or serving concessions. *Serve from home by helping organize volunteers with free online sign up sheets*


Related: How to Volunteer at School From Home-10 Tips

This article was originally published at . Reprinted with permission.
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