5 Annoying Things Parents of School-Aged Kids Do

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Annoying things parents doWhen my kids were little, they were with me most of the time, so for the most part, I didn't have to deal with the choices of other parents.  Hey, I'm not perfect, but I would like to think I'm pretty considerate of others. Well, most of the time, anyway. 

But now that they're all in school, it's like a constant barrage of inconsiderate behavior. Oh the annoying things parents do!

If you've got school-aged kids like me, then my guess is that you've had to deal with this as well. And while I do my best to grin and bear it, I'd really love to give these parents a piece of my mind.

  1. Send sick kids to school. Yes, I know parents work (I do!), and I know that it's hard to figure out care for them if you can't take off, but seriously, if your kid has a fever or uh, HEAD LICE, you're putting other kids at risk. Keep them home!
  2. Don't follow the classroom rules. When a memo is sent that no candy is allowed for school celebrations, like Valentine's Day for example, please follow that rule. Why not feed your own kid all the Fun Dip that you sent in? Or better, I'll send my kids to your house after they've eaten it all.
  3. Let them wear costumes. Do you realize how hard I have to try to get my kids to not wear ridiculous things to school? It's a daily battle. So when you let your kid wear a Spiderman outfit to class, I get to hear all about it for weeks and weeks.
  4. Let little girls wear high heels. Call me a "fuddy-duddy" but shoes with more than an inch heel on girls that are under 10 seems to be a poor decision, not just because really? do little girls need to wear shoes like that? but it's also not safe. Please stick to the good-old Mary Janes or sneakers!
  5. Pack crazy lunches. Whether it's piles of candy or those ridiculous bento-style lunches with fancy shaped sandwiches, enough already! Cookie cutters are for cookies; not strawberries cut in pretty shapes. I'm tired of hearing how boring my sandwiches and baby carrots are.

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early... earlybird11

Must be nice to be perfect. But I'll continue go cut my kids sandwhiches to look like mickey..I will however also follow the rules with school candy etc

Pinkmani Pinkmani

As far as costumes go, we did Minnie Mouse in normal clothes: Minnie Mouse ears, red and white polka dot dress, and yellow flats. It technically wasn't a costume. 

nonmember avatar Kristi

#5? I can't make my son's lunch fun because your kid will get jealous? Lame.

Stephanie Caldwell

Aw I kind of look forward to making adorable lunches...not everyday of course, but I think its sweet. 

Felip... FelipesMom

#1: drives me crazy

#2: drives me crazy

#3: I would do this. As for other moms, if you have a good reason for saying no, then it shouldn't be any harder to say no when other moms say yes; if you don't have a good reason for saying no, well, then... say yes! :o)

#4: drives me crazy!!!

#5: I do this, and I welcome it when my son gets an idea for lunch/snack from another mom. If it's not something I'm going to do for him or let him eat, I tell him so. I'm a mom! I spend part of every day telling my kid he can't have something he's asking for. It's not the world's fault for having things in it that he wants! :o)

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

Yeah- those are your problems... not mine. It's a good time to teach your child about how the world works- somethings happen differently in other houses, get over it.

nonmember avatar Andie

6) Get overly judgmental of other parents who let their kids express themselves through harmless things such as wanting to wear a superhero costume or pretty shoes because they are worried about looking like the bad guy. Same with the 'crazy lunch' thing. You don't want other parents to have fun with their kids lunches because you don't want to be seen as boring.

Hate to break it to you, lady. You're kinda boring. And judgy.

ethan... ethans_momma06


Thank GOODNESS I don't pussyfoot around my life fearing that I might *gasp* annoy someone. I like sweets at school parties( I've never sent them, but certainly appreciate the parents that did), my kid wears an Ironman sweatshirt that looks like a costume, I adore the bento box ideas that are so insanely cute, and guess what? After two months of my kid missing school- I effing sent him sick so that he too- could enjoy the Valentines Day party.

Flori... Floridamom96

So, what you're saying is that it annoys you when other people do things differently than you.

bella... bellacazzate

Number five sounds like the ultimate in sad housewifery. "I spent an entire hour making a landscape for your bologna sandwich! Enjoy!" How dreadful. 

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