Type-A Mom vs. Regular Mom on the First Day of School

Linda Sharps | Aug 5, 2014 Being a Mom
Type-A Mom vs. Regular Mom on the First Day of School

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Have you noticed that the back to school supplies have already started showing up in various stores? There's something about seeing all those adorable pencil cases and stylish lunch boxes that makes me feel squirmy, maybe even a little guilty. See, I feel like I SHOULD be the sort of mom who shops early so as to ensure my kids have the best deals and most comprehensive selection of backpacks that hopefully won't detonate three months into the school year, but if history's any indicator, I'll be doing my shopping a week or so before school starts, and I'll probably forget something mission-critical, like those 30 containers of hand sanitizer every classroom requires these days.

As if getting the right supplies isn't hard enough, parents are now expected to make their kids' first day of school into an artsy-crafty, design-magazine-worthy occasion. Not sure what I mean? Behold the Pinterest mom's approach to back to school ... vs the, ah, slightly less organized mom. (Hi!)


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  • Perfect mom's first day of school photo

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    Via jesscm/Instagram

    There's always an adorable chalkboard sign.

  • Regular mom's first day of school photo

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    Image ©iStock.com/GregC

    The rest of us are lucky if we can get a blurry shot of our kid's backpack as he gets on the bus.

  • Perfect mom's first day of school breakfast

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    Via AnneChiang/Instagram

    She got up at 5 a.m. to make everything juuuuuust right.

  • Regular mom's first day of school breakfast

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    Image ©iStock.com/Ericlefrancais

    "Put your pants on! Where are your shoes? Wake up your brother! Get your backpack! HERE EAT THIS IN THE CAR WE'RE GOING TO BE LATE GO GO GO!"

  • Perfect mom's packed school lunch

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    Via howaboutcookie/Instagram

    Every food group is adorably presented in a stylish bento-style container.

  • Regular mom's packed school lunch

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    Image ©iStock.com/JulNichols

    There's totally a squashed PB&J and a brownish banana in there.

  • Perfect mom's school supplies

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     Image ©iStock.com/ConstantinosZ

    Everything's beautifully organized and laid out just so.

  • Regular mom's school supplies

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    Thrown together at the last minute and shoved in a plastic bag. Note the tape-covered “decorated” pencils, broken crayons, dried up glue stick cobbled together from junk drawers around the house, etc.

  • Perfect mom's first day of school teacher gift

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    Via kittybear01/Instagram

    Naturally, these are gluten-free.

  • Regular mom's first day of school teacher gift

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     Image ©iStock.com/Okea

    This photo represents the fact that normal moms don't do this at ALL because COME ON.

  • Perfect mom's lunch box note

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    Created thanks to Rook No. 17

    It's cute, it's eye-catching, and it's of course perfect for sharing via social media.

  • Regular mom's lunch box note

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    Regular moms get straight to the point.

  • Perfect mom's reaction to her child heading back to school

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    Image ©iStock.com/CentralITAlliance

    She seriously doesn't even know what she's going to do all day long now.

  • Regular mom's reaction to her child heading back to school

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    Credit: Meg Sauser

    Sorry kids, but ... WOO-HOO!

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