Nifty·Posted on Aug 20, 201415 Realizations You Have When Sending Your Kid To KindergartenGird your loins. Life is about to get real.by Morgan ShanahanBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Your once utterly dependent baby is now a full-blown kid. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Warner Bros Pictures / Via gph.is Didn't I just give birth to this person? Is it even legal to send my newborn baby to kindergarten? 2. You're...free. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF media.giphy.com / Via giphy.com It's at this point that it first occurs to you that Calliou is no longer a part of your morning soundtrack, and that someone else is now responsible for entertaining your child and feeding their brain all day. Clouds part! Angels sing. 3. You can go grocery shopping alone. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF media.giphy.com / Via gph.is It's cool. You don't have to feel guilty about your glee. 4. You now feel guilty about your glee. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF E! / Via giphy.com Just kidding, you're a parent, of course you have to feel guilty, it's part of the licensing exam. HOW COULD YOU THROW YOUR CHILD TO THE WOLVES LIKE THAT YOU MONSTER? 5. Your kid officially prefers your wallet over your opinion. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Warner Bros Television / Via cdn2.crushable.com They have their own ideas about style now, and kindergarten is their runway. If you didn't think ahead and pre-order that Frozen pencil case, you're gonna be sorry. 6. Shit is about to get expensive. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Columbia Pictures / Via giphy.com Get ready to write some "voluntary" checks for all kinds of things you never realized your tax dollars weren't paying for, yo. 7. You have no idea what you are doing. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF ABC / Via giphy.com Did you choose the right school? Should have done more at-home prep this summer? Will their teacher be nice? Will the tuna sandwich you made them for lunch become the impetus for an unfortunate life-long nickname? 8. High school graduation is only twelve years away. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Warner Bros / Via giphy.com No. No no no no no. 9. You are the one who is NOT supposed to cry. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Columbia/Tristar / Via flavorwire.com A key element of sending your kiddo off to school is actually bringing them there. If they take your kiddo from you in the carpool line, it's totally normal if they're screaming after you as you go, but try not to scream back. 10. You could keep them with you longer if you just homeschooled. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF NBC / Via giphy.com Maybe you could just keep them home with you forever. You don't really need that second income that badly, right? 11. You've been had. By a 5-year-old. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Twentieth Century Fox / Via giphy.com Inevitably your soon-to-be-kindergartener will turn to you, big old baby eyes staring back at you and they'll tell you they don't want to go to school, they just want to stay with you. Stand strong, comrade. Manipulating your parents is a basic human instinct, and the force is strong. 12. Mean girls don't stop being mean when they have kids. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Bravo / Via meangirlgifs.tumblr.com Parent-Teacher Associations are serious. Miss a booster club meeting, you're out of the in-crowd. You've been warned. 13. There is a Pinterest shame spiral for every situation. Michael Halpern / Via blog.ucsusa.org After spending hours looking for the perfect homework caddy to DIY and glueing your fingers together in the process, you're not even sure who you are anymore. 14. This is actually going to be a lot of work for you. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF NBC / Via giphy.com Turns out kindergarten comes with homework. Mostly for you. 15. You've totally got this. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF NBC / Via giphy.com Your kid comes home from their first day brimming with stories and excitement. You made this genius. You officially get to claim all their triumphs as your own. Congratulations Mom & Dad! (Resulting therapy bills are future you's problem.) Are you a parent looking for a little help figuring things out? Sign up for the BuzzFeed Parents newsletter!