Resolved: Never (again), when the DJ doesn’t show up for the school dance, will I let the principal fill in and play “his” music.

Resolved: Never (again) for the spring fling will I put the chocolate fountain together upside down, making it clog and creating a chocolate mountain.

Resolved: Never (again) will I use an old rope for the field day tug-of-war.

Resolved: Never (again) will I prescoop 400 bowls of ice cream for the ice cream social without making sure there’s enough room in the freezer for them.

Resolved: Never (again) will I commit to building a parade float without remembering that I’m not crafty or artistic in any way, and in fact I don’t really like doing that kind of thing.

Resolved: Never (again) will I spread little gold stars on the red carpet for Teacher Appreciation Day without remembering that they stick to people’s shoes and end up all over the school.

Resolved: Never (again) will I ask the fire department to fill the dunk tank—although that was cool—without asking how long that water has been sitting inside the fire truck.

Resolved: Never (again) will I let a load of mulch be dumped on the school garden without checking first to make sure it’s not actually wood chips meant for the playground.

Resolved: Never (again) will I ask a woman who is nine months pregnant to put together Valentine’s favors for the kids, even if she continues to work on them after she goes into labor, and even if she sends her husband home after the birth to finish them. (True story.)

Resolved: Never again will I get stressed out by PTO work without remembering all the successes, heartwarming moments, and camaraderie we enjoy throughout the year—especially big smiles on kids’ faces and sweet hugs. I know the kids appreciate what we do, and that’s so much more than enough. 

Happy New Year to all of you who give so much of yourselves.

Originally posted in 2015 and updated regularly.