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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
Replies (31-40):
by Anonymous 9 on Sep. 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM
Only thing I've felt guilty about so far is that I forgot my sons school had early dismissal yesterday. They got out at 130 instead of 230....the school called me at 2 to pick him up =\
by on Sep. 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM

He is always clean and dressed nice.. He always eats.. Guess the thing I feel guilty about is not making him brush his teeth every morning... 

by Gold Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Dam I head of the game LOL shoot!  I am good mom...  my son has nice clothes on homework done breakfast in belly meds taken LOL

by Platinum Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Some mornings its we are running so late she didn't get breakfast...One morning I think I forgot to brush her hair (she's 5 and usually fights me, I had no time that morning) Otherwise today I hate that I forgot to get cash yesterday so she has her $7 and permission slip for the field trip to the pumpkin patch in October. Luckily I still have time to send it. I also feel bad because I let her choose if she wants me to pack a lunch or if she wants school food and I forgot she wanted to take lunch today but she reminded me as we were about to school food it is. Nothing too horrible though.

by Anonymous 10 on Sep. 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM
This. And I have never done any of the things in the Op. Most of that is lazyness.

Quoting daisyhatespeach:

I had a guilt-free morning.

by Ruby Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Dd hair is always a mess.  I brush it and do ponytails or headbands, but I always feel it's too messy :/

by Sapphire Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM
Been there. Most if the time my guilt is over not checking my 6th grade son's binder myself because he forgot or "lost" something he should have turned in. He is the king of remembering projects and things I need to give him a note about, sign or give him a check at the last minute. My 10th grade daughter remembers everything but checks and tells me when I need to rush out the door for work and she's in the shower lol.
by Anonymous 11 on Sep. 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM
My son had a similar accident. He ran into his friends back tire and flew over the handle bars on his bike. Principal asked what happened, he told her and so far so good.

Quoting Anonymous:

This is my dd's first year of school and I admit that I drive myself crazy trying to get everything perfect and organized. One morning she biffed and scratched her face under her eye just an hour before school. She went in red and puffy, I thought for sure I was going to get a call. That's about it so-far though.

by Anonymous 12 on Sep. 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM

No offense to this mom but she doesn't sound together at all. While my kids' nails are dirty and one's socks don't match that's their choice. They love being dirty, her feet look like she runs in dirt all day because well she does. She refuses to wear shoes and when she finally conforms it's flip flops only. I wipe and wash her feet at least a hundred times a day but her toenails are gross. As far as miss-matched socks, we aren't that great with keeping up with socks but since I make her wear sneakers (god what a battle that is) to school every day no one will see her mismatched socks. They're cute, though..both white, one with blue dots the other with purple. Oh well.

Everything else though? Get it together, lady. Geez.

by on Sep. 25, 2013 at 10:44 AM

I feel guilty that we argued yet again about her choice of clothing...a tutu with nothing but undies on is unacceptable. She's she started her day with an argument JUST like yesterday and the day before. Luckily we usually get it together before she goes, but she nearly missed eating any food withher meds. Today my mission is to pack all summer up so we no long have temptations

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