Oh, I've seen the all the adorable first day of school photos of the kids and even a few of moms celebrating the season with a kid-free GMO, Girls Morning Out, but there's a certain kind of busy-ness that comes with the kids being back to school. That "second shift," the one that runs from about 3:00 - 10:00 and includes after school carpools, homework supervision, dinner, more fussing (and maybe fighting) over homework, bath time and, finally, bedtime can be exhausting.
But there can also be a few extra daytime duties. Even if you have a kid who can memorize Pi to 25 places, he might not be able to remember to bring his lunch/gym suit/math book, etc. That's when Wonder Mom comes out.
Even as a work-at-home mom with a flexible schedule, I'm not always willing to drop everything and hightail it to school. It depends on the age of the child, location of the school, and reason for not having said item. As my boys get older, I'm less forgiving.
That said, I'll admit that I'm not always at the top of my game each school morning. That permission slip the child asked me to sign the night before? If it's due and I forgot to, you know, sign it, I'd complete the form and run that over.
But the music folder I reminded the child to bring to band practice and was left on the kitchen table? Sorry, he's going to lose a few preparedness points from his teacher that day.
When do you stop everything to make an unexpected trip to school?
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