13 Moms Confess Embarrassing Back to School Mishaps


back to school boys backpacksBack to school time is really stressful -- not for the kids, for us moms, yo. We have a lot of people to please during that first week back. From buying the perfect first day outfit and the "cool" kind of backpack to packing the right lunch and sending all the necessary school supplies to class. How long was your classroom supply list? Mine was longer than my grocery list, and why does no one in this town stock black dry erase markers, dang it?

Besides, if anything goes wrong, it all comes back on mom. Uncool outfit -- mom's fault. Wrong size backpack -- mom's fault. Healthy, no-fun lunch -- mom's fault. I'm pretty sure the teachers even secretly lay the blame on mom. Wrong sized pencil box -- mom's fault. Ill-behaved kid -- mom's fault. I'm telling you, the pressure is on!

Well, moms, consider this right here a support group for all your Back to School failures. We've got your back because we've been there, done that, and we'll listen and hold our judgment.

Lots of moms already confessed their new school year mishaps under the #BackToSchoolFail hashtag on Twitter. Here are some of the best confessions we received from mom readers. Oh how we can relate!

Melissa Garrison

melissagarrison Melissa Garrison
Freshman in HS-daughter & friend debating what to wear 1st day. I said "The best thing to wear is a smile"-even I gagged #backtoschoolfail



giabean giabean
Got stuck on Martha's Vineyard because of Hurricane Irene. My daughter missed the first day of school. #backtoschoolfail


victoria taggart

pebblephoenix victoria taggart
Just realised my son was wearing two odd shoes to school all day one new one one old one #BackToSchoolFail


Jeniece Avalos

jenieceyb Jeniece Avalos
Homework due tomorrow but too much life got in the way =LATE!! #BackToSchoolFail



CCarretero Cristina
Forgot to pick up my kid from school on 1st day bc I was thinking she was still at camp. Was just 15 mins late. #BackToSchoolFail


Tammy Soong

worldsworstmoms Tammy Soong
OCD-like at pick-up. Always making sure 2 move 4 others. Except, apprntly, when the new principal is rite there. #BackToSchoolFail


Ty Salihu

tysalihu Ty Salihu
forgot it was a school morning, finally arrived@9am #BackToSchoolFail


Sabra Sabra

SabraSabraChick Sabra Sabra
Got a call from the teacher on the 2nd day. I didn't send left handed scissors for my left handed first grader. #BackToSchoolFail


Scary Mommy

ScaryMommy Scary Mommy
Got stuck in a flood and was 20 minutes late picking up the kids. The year is off to a fantastic start! #BackToSchoolFail



JeanneSager jeannesager
Sandwich bread. Check. Sandwich meat. Check. Sandwich cheese. Um, uh oh? #BacktoSchoolFail


Cynthia Dermody

whimsydancer Cynthia Dermody
Erroneously sent the 12 pack colored pencils instead of 24 pack pencils, which apparently is punishable by death. #BackToSchoolFail


Niomi Daley

Lil_Havoc Niomi Daley
Why didn't I make jalen try on his school uniform before tonite? #backtoschoolfail


The Stir

The_Stir The Stir
Brand new shoes really call attention to not-new socks, don't they? #BackToSchoolFail


Got a Back to School Fail of your own to confess? Share it in the comments below. We're listening. To play along on Twitter, tweet your confession and tag it with #BackToSchoolFail.

What embarrassing Back to School Fail do you need to confess?


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Ashleigh Munson

My cousin completely forgot about the first day of school, and her daughter was still on a camping trip with friends, and missed the first two days. Oops!

Partl... PartlySunny

Thanks for including me! Gotta say I really relate to Cristina on the forgetting to pick up thing. I'm still having a hard time remembering when I'm supposed to leave the house. And Melissa Garrison: that was awesome. Like, Modern Family awesome.

-Tammy Soong/WorldsWorstMoms (yes, I have 20 different screen names...)

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I hear you on the markers. I looked in several stores in two different states for "twelve pack of fine tip black Expo dry erase markers, no substitutions" before finally finding the last two six packs in oh, a fifty mile radius, in staples. Sure hope that doesn't count as a substitution for a twelve pack.

I think the real fail was the school's fail. Instead of having a back to school night the last week of the holidays they had a moving up day the last day of the year for the kids to meet their teachers and an open night for parents the second week of school. This means we either need to send the kids in with their supplies or wait till the second week to bring them in. I asked my first grader if he could carry the bag and when he tried he almost fell over. Guess that means she isn't getting supplies till the second week. I saw a couple of bigger kids struggling to bring their bags in so hopefully she has enough to get through till then it's not like we really have options.

1blue... 1bluemonkey

Really? You have no option but to bring in ALL the supplies at once?  Ever think of sending a few items a day for the first couple of days until they all make the trip up to the school?

nonmember avatar Katherine

I forgot which day to send my youngest to her first day of kindergarten. I thought she started in the second group on the second day. I arrived at the school to help out with my PTA duties and the other mom's asked where little one was. I was more than a little embarassed!

rache... racheljessee

Lol. I can relate. Dd's uniform skirt is being held up by a safety pin today. Fail.

Wendi Watson

My daughter isn't old enough to be in school yet. SHe is only 13 months old so that wont come for awhile. Oh gosh! obviously they want you to buy dry erasers for the teachers! that is wrong and messed up. THey are trying to save a little bit of $ and have the parents buy it. You dont ask the teachers to buy your kids clothes. Same stinkin thing.. gr...

Amanda Garrick

my sister miss the kids bus the frist day and the van wonldnt start so my mom was taking me and my son to his school so we stop and picked them up. her girl wanted to ride the bus and was sad becaude she couldnt so we told it she was rideing the grandma bus lol

clean... cleanaturalady

After 12 years, with 4 kids in school, my Mommy, FAILs are too numerous to mention.   Let it roll.

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