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    Apr 30, 2017

    17 End Of The School Year Moments That Make Parents Go, “WHY, GOD? WHY?!”

    Guess who gets to pack yet another school lunch today? You!

    1. Racing to get your kid out the door because your tired ass has been getting them up later and later each day.


    It's also possible you've been letting them stay up later each night because — let's face it — you're barely hanging on at this point.

    2. Trying to find a place for the 1,417th piece of homework/art your kid has brought home this year.


    3. Frantically searching your home from top to bottom because your kid can't find their homework folder... again.

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    Or their library book, P.E. shirt, thermos...

    4. Listening to your kids boo-hoo about you packing them the same lunch every day.

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    Sorry, kids, it is WAY too late in the year to start getting creative. Maybe next year (maybe).

    5. Almost losing your mind in the drop-off line because — nine months into the year — everyone STILL TAKES FOREVER TO DO IT!

    You're not sure who you'd go off on first — the dad who leans out the window and chats up the crossing guard for five minutes every damn day, or the mom who LEAVES her car to walk her kid in. How about both?

    6. Having to bust out the old line: “You'd better keep working hard or they won't advance you to the next grade!”


    Are you full of shit? Of course! (Or at least you hope you are.) But you need to do something to motivate your burned-out kid at this point.

    7. Asking your kid, "How was school?" and getting the least enthusiastic, non-answer ever recorded by a parent.

    8. Interacting with the parents you somehow never learned the names of.

    It's way too late to ask their names now, so you'll just have to cover it up with enthusiasm and a few of these: "Hey, how are... YOU!"

    9. Falling behind on the laundry and having to convince your kid it's totally cool to wear sweatpants to school.

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    Look, kid, it's either these clean sweatpants or the jeans with the giant marinara stain on the crotch. I'd pick the sweatpants, but you do you.

    10. Finding a gift for your kid's teacher that skirts the line between "cheapskate" and "outright bribe for an 'A.'"


    "I hope you find this well within the range of appropriateness, Mrs. T."

    11. Trying to race to the school in time for yet ANOTHER end of year performance/event.


    12. Praying your kid's backpack makes it to the end of the year — because you ain't buying a new one for just a few weeks.


    "Unusable? Pfft. We just need some tape. Lots and lots of tape."

    13. Trying to stay awake/not scream when helping your kid with their homework.


    And if the instructions want your kid to cut anything out, well...

    14. Also, trying not to cry while playing "project manager" for your kid's endless end-of-year projects and reports.

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    "Why, yes! I am helping my kid make ANOTHER project!"

    15. Guesstimating how much your kid read on their reading chart because you didn't exactly keep I.R.S.-worthy records.

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    YOU: "Did you read on Monday night?" KID: "No." YOU: "Let's say just 10 minutes then. And you can, uh, make it up on the drive to school."

    16. Watching your kid throw an "I'm tired of school!" fit without yelling back, "You think you're tired of this? Try being me!"


    17. And, finally, breathing a sigh of relief when school is finally out — until you realize you now have to keep your kid entertained ALL. SUMMER. LONG.


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