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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 on Sep. 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM
She knows because we told her at open house but I wrote her a note back telling her and answering her. I just feel guilty about not looking in her bag.

Quoting SpnFulOfSugar:

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 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 Silver Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Yes same here. They only have 3 colors and I only bought 2 cause the white dirty quickly. So it's navy and red and I just wash the red one last night so the navy is stained up. Ughh I don't understand how people like uniform. 

Quoting Fairywings1223:

I hate the uniform shirts. Mine have to wear a three button polo or school approved shirt which they call S shirts. It has a small logo of the county on them.

Quoting jmama0307:

OK one of the most thing I feel really guilty is when my son comes home and he uniform shirt is dirty. He puts it the other day. I only got 3 shirts so he dirty all of them and I hand wash one so it's still wet so he has to put the dirty one. I feel horrible sending him to school like that but if school didn't have uniform he would be wearing good clothes and not the same repeated shirt. 

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 Silver 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 Barbie 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 Ruby 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.

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