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How do you look when you take the kids to, or pick them up from, school?

Posted by on Sep. 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM
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Do you do your hair?  Your make up?  Heck do you even get time in for a shower before leaving?  If you're laughing at me right now, you're not the only one!  I saw this in The Stir:

My dream is to one day actually take a shower before I pick my children up from school. My daughter started preschool two years ago, though, and I have yet to meet my goal. But I do keep on hoping.

It turns out I am not alone in this problem. A recent study from Sainsbury's, a UK-based store, shows that moms are trying to change all that. In fact, this year it seems about one in six moms will get their hair done for the first day of school. The same number also bought a new outfit and tried to get some sun (or fake sun).

In addition, the average mom will actually spend 25 minutes on her hair and makeup for the first day. Who ARE these women?

Since I work from home a couple days a week (and don't work at all a couple, too), I am usually the last person to get ready in the morning. My priority is always the kids and what they're wearing. By the time I get around to dressing myself, people are lucky if I throw on a bra.

By the time the afternoon rolls around, I like to get a run in and then it's usually time to go get the kids, which means most of the time, I am getting them all sweaty in my Lululemons. Is it really so bad?

Yes, I would love to be one of those moms who looks perfectly well groomed for drop-off and pick-up, but realistically, I have a job and two children. I am going to look like a schlub most days.

So this whole Elle Macpherson looking perfect when she drops her kids off thing puts a lot of pressure on us real moms. Yes, I realize sometimes the drop-off and pick-up are the only times I see real people, but so what? They all know I am a mom. Their expectations are low. And besides, most of them look just like me.

Do you dress up to drop your kids off?

by on Sep. 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM
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Zoann
by on Sep. 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM
Ill admit last year i would go out to the bus stop with my son in my sweats :P but if he had a home visit from a speech therapist or his headstart teacher, i got dressed and my hair/makeup done before she got there.
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MommieOfCamden
by on Sep. 9, 2011 at 3:17 PM

I'm a hot mess when I drop them off then I look nice when I pick them up. LOL :) I usually work out while the kids are at school and I see no point in getting ready to get sweaty hehehe

aliciaolynn
by on Sep. 9, 2011 at 8:52 PM

 when i drop him off...its just whatever i went to bed in..lol...but all i have to do is drive up and he gets out..so i dont feel bad..lol

but when i pick him up i am a little more "presentable" because its 4:00 and, hey you have to get dressed some point in the day...lol

MommieOfCamden
by on Sep. 9, 2011 at 8:56 PM

LOL! Glad I'm not the only one!!!

Quoting aliciaolynn:

 when i drop him off...its just whatever i went to bed in..lol...but all i have to do is drive up and he gets out..so i dont feel bad..lol

but when i pick him up i am a little more "presentable" because its 4:00 and, hey you have to get dressed some point in the day...lol


Trixi.VonLace
by on Sep. 9, 2011 at 10:10 PM
When I take the boys to the bus I'm in my pjs but I run a brush through my hair first LOL! When I walk DD to school I'm dressed in sorta work out gear and my walking shoes with my hair in a pony but no make up, I wear my sunglasses so it hides my scarry face. When I get home from that I get to shower and I vet dressed and usuaky put my hair in a Rosie but no make up, I just don't have the time. I am always put together though if I have to go to the school or have a meeting with one of the kids teachers.
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Sick and tired. Literally.
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by on Sep. 9, 2011 at 10:14 PM

I get dressed, but I don't do my hair or makeup.

johnnybgood
by on Sep. 10, 2011 at 8:40 AM
Yeah I guess I'm a weirdo but maybe it's Bc I wake up at like 5am. But I'm normally dressed make up done and hair usually done but sometimes wet.
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KimmyPoo
by Kimberly on Sep. 11, 2011 at 10:23 AM
Get dress but no makeup but afternoons I look alittle better! If I got go in school or something then I will do hair/nails/ makeup
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Katikins
by on Sep. 11, 2011 at 4:21 PM

I make a point to get up early and at least be dressed and have my hair at least in a pony. My makeup is not always done but I try to at least have some gloss and mascara on. Now when I go pick him up I am 100% presentable.

Katikins
by on Sep. 11, 2011 at 4:22 PM

I should add that last year I was always in yoga pants and t-shirts and looked like a scrub. So this year I am making an effort to be more presentable.

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