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8 Things I Felt Guilty About When I Dropped My Kid Off at School This Morning - What have you felt guilty about?

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8 Things I Felt Guilty About When I Dropped My Kid Off at School This Morning

by Jacqueline Burt

kids backpacksThe academic year is barely underway, but from the load of parental guilt I'm lugging around, you'd think it was mid-March. Usually I don't reach this level of school-related maternal self-loathing until at least a couple of sub-par, hastily thrown together science projects and/or book reports have been handed in late -- and yet, here we are, not even done with September and I'm already stewing in remorse. Dang, we haven't even hit "I forgot to sign the permission slip" season yet!

Tonight, it's all I can do to recall, with a cringe, the many mistakes I made when I sent my almost 8-year-old son to school this morning ...

 1. His fingernails were so dirty his teacher probably thinks I make him moonlight as a coal miner
2. The sleeves on his jacket were about half-an-inch short of his wrists (I could have sworn that thing fit last week!)
3. His breakfast consisted of one bite of a banana and a swig of lemonade (pink)
4. Neither one of us could remember how many pages of "Ramona the Brave" he read last night so I wrote a made-up number on his reading log and signed it
5. His socks didn't match
6. The "leave at home" side of his folder hasn't been emptied out since the first day of school
7. His lunch included potato chips for the 5th day in a row
8. I forgot to fill out his Scholastic Book Order form again
Ugh. Wonder what new guilt tomorrow will bring??
What do you feel guilty about so far this school year?
by on Sep. 25, 2013 at 8:37 AM
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by Silver Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

My son's hair is kinda smelly because he is twelve and I cannot wash it for him. he insists he is washing it when he showers , but somehow it never smells clean . All of his clothes are either a little too big or a little too small. I bought him all new clothes this year , but nothing ever seems to fit just right. One size is too big and the next size down is too small ... oh well. he refuses to eat breakfast so I just let the issue go . At this age I am not going to make him eat. If he's hungry he'll eat , if not oh well.

by Platinum Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM
DH & I have been going back to bed when the bus leaves at 6:17 am :) nice to have him home

I only **sort of** feel guilty lol
by on Sep. 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM

my daughter is not getting the speech therapy she needs she cannot communicate right so she bites the kids that piss her off she's 4

by Anonymous 6 on Sep. 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM

The only time I felt really bad was three days before my son started his first day of kindergarten I had a gullbladder attack that lasted three days. I didn't know what it was at first, so by the third day when I couldn't breath in without pain, I went to the doctor and she was pushing around on my stomach and decided I needed an ultrasound. So my sons first day I couldn't fully focus on him because I had to get to the hospital right after to get an ultrasound. Then the second day I couldn't focus because I had to see a surgeon. A week later I was having surgery. I felt awful that those first two weeks of his school, when I just wanted to focus on him, I had my mind on so much more.

by Emerald Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM
I would call and let her know the situation.

Quoting Lorena:

So far the only thing I feel guilty about is not something I have any control over. Every other Friday I do not get to see what is in my skids bags because bm picks them up as soon as they get off the bus. She then takes them to school that Monday. This last Friday she wrote me a note. I didn't see it so it was not answered. She wrote me a ling note about answering notes that she sends. Ugh

by Anonymous 7 on Sep. 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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Some days I would forget my ass if it were not attached.

by Emerald Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 9:51 AM
They were 45 minutes late this morning because dh and I both forgot to set the alarm
by Ruby Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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I don't do guilt.  Mom and dad both work, and their "job" is to get their butts up out of the bed, get dressed, eat breakfast, and go to school.  I will not feel guilty if my kids don't wear socks (with the exception of dad who's in a corporate VP position, most of us don't wear socks til October) to school, wear clothing that isn't quite right to school (they pick their own, and I'm good at catching screwups before they leave, and make them change), have dirt under their nails (they're kids - it happens!), etc.  I'm teaching them to be responsible for themseves and not rely on Mommy to do everything for them.  ;-)

by Anonymous 8 on Sep. 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM
I hate mom guilt! If there is nothing to really feel guilty about then I just end up feeling guilty for going to work.
by Ruby Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM
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