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I have to go to a parent meeting for one of my kid's activities.  It's mandatory (but I've also been to this same meeting 4 times and it's always the same).  Anyway, I have to be somewhere after, and so I must leave by a certain time.  The meeting should be mostly over by then, but sometimes they run over.  But, I need to get out of there by that time to make it to the next thing on time.  Would you quietly sneak out?  Or should I tell the organizer beforehand that I'm sneaking out?  Or what? 

 

Again, I'm sure I'm overthinking this, but I really don't know.  Either way, I'm leaving at that time.  So...  LOL

 

 

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I'd try to mention it beforehand, matter of factly and without excuses. Don't feel bad for leaving, though. People do it all the time.

 

Oh I don't feel bad.  Several parents obviously do not attend this "mandatory" meeting.  There are over 100 kids there yet maybe 20-25 parents show up.  So, no way could they all be attending. 

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I hate meetings. I'd mention to the organizer I had to be somewhere else, and I'd probably leave earlier than necessary because the only thing worse than a meeting is a mandatory meeting with the same content 5 times in a row.

 

I hate them too.  The first year I thought it was worthwhile because I was new to the organization and they answered a lot of my questions. Now, it's the same stuff I already know that they e-mail 100,000 times anyway. 

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Oh I don't feel bad. Several parents obviously do not attend this "mandatory" meeting. There are over 100 kids there yet maybe 20-25 parents show up. So, no way could they all be attending.

Oh those are awful. I always feel like a sucker for going (especially year after year) but guilty if I don't.

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Oh those are awful. I always feel like a sucker for going (especially year after year) but guilty if I don't.

 

Exactly.  And I'm one of the few parents who waits around during the activity (seems like a waste of gas to go all the way back home so I just wait and do my homework).  So I feel like they will notice if I'm not there.  Maybe not.  Maybe that's in my head. 

 

I try to behave.   LOL

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I'd email them that you did already get the info (via previous four meetings and their emails) and tonight I need to attend an event for a different kid. Or words to that effect.  Can't be that mandatory if only a quarter of the parents ever attend.  Or do they then penalize 75% of the kids whose folks skipped it?

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I am so over parent meetings! And yes, I feel like a sucker when "mandatory" obviously isn't. I'm a rule follower so I go but I sit there thinking "I already know the rules and I follow them and I pay my fees on time. The people you need to talk to are the ones not at this meeting." I wish they would address the new people in a meeting and the repeat offenders personally and quit it with the mandatory meetings and emails.

 

Yikes, vent over. I would mention that I need to cut out early but I wouldn't feel bad.

 

I hope to be a hands on helpful Grandma someday but attend parent meetings is not something I'm going to offer to do!

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