Like the vibrant sights and sounds of any festive time of year, the telltale signs of the first day of school can be spotted from at least a mile away. Images come to mind of zombie-like children shuffling miserably to the bus stop while mom and dad follow gleefully behind, toasting with their coffee mugs like champagne flutes.
Sound familiar? Of course it does! Here are a few more ways to tell the first day of school is upon us once again.
1. Your social media networks are flooded with pictures of kids sporting a new book bags and a forced smiles.
2. Your trip to Staples was like Toys R Us on Christmas Eve.
3. Your teacher friends are all on suicide watch.
4. You made the face in the above picture trying to locate everything on your child’s lengthy supply list.
5. The line in the haircutting place was even worse than Staples.
6. You spent the majority of Labor Day Weekend completing two months worth of summer homework assignments.
7. You lost your toddler at least once amidst the chaos of first day dismissal.
8. So. Much. Contact. Paper.
9. You’ve mentally prepared a list of all the parents you hope to avoid running into (and inevitably end up seeing them all).
10. You forgot to set your alarm and almost missed morning drop off.
You pressed snooze so many times you almost missed morning drop off.
You missed morning drop off.
11. You’ve made a long list of things to do when the kids leave for school, but instead you spend the morning drinking coffee, watching TV, and liking everyone’s first day pics on Facebook and Instagram.
12. You have so many permission slips to sign that you stop reading them after a while and just start signing. You’re not sure, but you might have just accidentally nominated yourself for PTA president.
13. You haven’t heard the words “common core” or “standardized test” in over two months (but that will change very soon).
14. You spent a small fortune on brand new fall clothes for school and you’re dying to see how great the kids look in them. Too bad it’s 85 degrees and humid outside.
15. Your daughter tells you her best friend isn’t in her class, and it’s an actual crisis.
16. Your eyes sort of watered a bit when you dropped off your youngest, but you’re not entirely sure if they were tears of sadness or tears of joy. Probably both.
By Jeannine Cintron, a Staten Island mother of two and local mommy blogger. Read more of her humorous take on parenting at Highchairs and Headaches.