You Know It’s The First Day of School When…

First Day of School

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.

–or–

You pressed snooze so many times you almost missed morning drop off.

–or–

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.



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  1. Escape Room – Kids edition

    December 14
    December 14, 2017  |  12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    Mariners Harbor Library
    Follow clues and solve riddles to escape the room before the time runs out! Limited space, please call for the exact time and to register in advance.
  2. Greenbelt Peepers

    December 14 @ 9:45 am
    December 14, 2017  |  9:45 am - 9:45 am
    Greenbelt Nature Center
    Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, two year-olds and their caregivers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Space is limited. Registration required. Fee: $3 per child/Free for Greenbelt Conservancy
  3. Toddler/Preschool Story Time

    December 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
    December 14, 2017  |  10:30 am - 11:15 am
    St. George Library
    Songs, rhymes, picture book stories, & a craft activity are all part of this story time. Registration required.
  4. Tot’s Time Plus

    December 14 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    December 14, 2017  |  11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Your pre-schooler will create artwork, sing along and listen to stories.
  5. Greenbelt Tree Tots

    December 14 @ 11:00 am
    December 14, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Greenbelt Nature Center
    Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, three and four year-olds and their caregivers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Space is limited. Registration required. Fee: $3 per child/Free for
  6. Baby Storytime: Baby & Me

    December 14 @ 11:00 am
    December 14, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Tottenville Library
    Songs, rhymes, stories and playtime for infants ages 0-18 months along with a parent or caregiver. Meet other babies in the neighborhood!
  7. Bouncing Babies

    December 14 @ 11:15 am
    December 14, 2017  |  11:15 am - 11:15 am
    West New Brighton Library
    Come for playtime, stories and songs for babies and their caregivers.
  8. Staten Island Babywearers

    December 14 @ 12:00 pm
    December 14, 2017  |  12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
    West New Brighton Library
    Want to learn the skills to being a good babywearer? Join us as we host Staten Island’s first peer to peer babywearing group, led by a certified babywearing educator! For parents and caregivers. Feel free to bring your babies!
  9. Baby/Toddler Social

    December 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
    December 14, 2017  |  12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
    St. George Library
    Playground is too cold or it’s rainy? Do you and your baby need to get out of the house? Come to the library! A safe, indoor space for babies 0-23 months and their caregivers to play and socialize. Baby toys
  10. Paint Day

    December 14 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    December 14, 2017  |  1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Plenty of time for experimenting with paints and other media.