There's a reason so many room parents return to the classroom year after year. With all that experience, they've certainly learned a thing or two (or twenty) that's worth sharing with all the newbie room moms out there.  So without further ado, we’d like to share a few snippets of advice from the veteran room moms in our Facebook community. Cheers to kicking off your first school year as room parent – hopefully, it’s just the first of many more to come!

1. It's okay to make mistakes. Always keep communicating with your teacher as to her wants and needs. Some teachers want a more hands-on type of room mom, and others simply need help with parties and field trips. Always start off the year by asking these 7 questions and the rest will fall into place. 

~Sylvia Melendez

2. Be the group coordinator, but let the people who signed up to help work too! Delegate jobs, and don't try to do it all yourself! 

~Emily Jackson

3. Don't stress about fancy, elaborate games and crafts. The kids are so excited at party time that even a simple game will be fun! 

~Missy Rainford

4. If you try to do everything, people will feel excluded. Eventually, no one will volunteer to help.

~Tahra Painter-Harrell

5. Always take time to listen to the kids. No matter how insignificant it may seem, you might be the only one who does. 

~Krystal Waldy

6. Don't stress. Every little thing you do is a big help. You're allowed to say no, and you don't have to be perfect.

~Julia Kloiber

7. Don't be afraid to ask the teacher! They may not want big elaborate parties or snacks. They will know what works best, so don't be afraid to ask! 

~Katy Schrodt

8. Take all the help that you can get. Be open to help, but stand your ground. 

~Liz Boshears

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9. Always remember you are there to help the teacher. Don't make her job harder, make it easier. Also just because you are room parent doesn't mean you should do everything. In fact, let other parents in, even if it means you volunteer less in the class. Don't be a class hog! 

~Lisa Ely

10. Do not let other parents, teachers, or room moms discourage you! 

~Tylinna Maracle

11. When you room parent, you actually get to know you child's teacher better. Ask!!! 

~Tara Rute

12. There will be parents you never hear from. Year after year after year. Don't take it personally! 

~Desiree Farside

13. Be sure to check with the teacher before planning – they like to know what to expect! 

~Lisa Freeman

14. Keep your sense of humor. 

~Renee Smith

15. Nothing will ever go EXACTLY as you plan. Roll with the punches! 

~Samantha Riggle

16. Always be there for your teacher, and be happy with whatever your volunteers are willing to give! 

~Jodi Platti

17. Put my number in your phone...and use it!

~Christel Varnon