10 Hilariously Tragic Back to School Mom Fails


Yesterday I wrote about our frustrating first day of school experience, and I'd definitely say the administration and the bus department were at fault for my 5-year-old's bumpy introduction to kindergarten. If there's a silver lining to be found in our less than perfect first day, it's that I wasn't the one who screwed up.

It easily could have been me, though. Back to school time is such a dramatic transition from the lazy no-schedule days of summer, it's almost inevitable that something's going to get forgotten or mishandled as we all rush to adjust to new routines.

If something didn't go quite as planned in your household during the first week of school, you're not alone -- I asked around and plenty of moms (who shall remain anonymous) confess they didn't exactly handle every single detail as well as they'd hoped. Behold, 10 back to school Mom Fails that we can probably ALL relate to:

1) "I thought I was on top of everything -- I even packed his lunch the night before so I wouldn't have to remember in the morning! I put it out on the kitchen counter, and that's exactly where it stayed when we ran out the door and completely forgot to put it in his backpack. He had to buy a school lunch on credit, because I hadn't even put money in his lunch account yet."

2) "We missed the bus in the morning because I read the schedule wrong, and then I ended up driving BEHIND the bus like a madwoman to flag it down. My daughter was humiliated."

3) "At school orientation the teacher asked every student to bring in a paper that described their summer break activities. I made sure my son wrote his, and then I 'supervised' him putting it in his backpack for his big first day. Turned out he grabbed my grocery shopping list by mistake. I bet his teacher was thrilled to hear how he bought laundry detergent over the summer."

4) "I forgot to take first day photos until the end of the day when everyone was tired and crabby. Both my girls are scowling at the camera like I'm Miss Hannigan."

5) "I spelled 'first' wrong on the homemade sign my son held up for his school photo. I am not even kidding. It says 'FRIST GRADE.'"

6) "My son went to school with his shirt on inside out. I never even noticed until later that evening when I saw the Old Navy tag sticking out on the back."

7) "My kids took each other's lunches by accident. I'd even included little notes for each of them, but they were written to the wrong kid!"

8) "We were supposed to send in a classroom supply fee but I didn't have any cash and for some reason it didn't occur to me to write a check. My kid went in with a giant drooping envelope full of spare change."

9) "I messed up early release Wednesday pickup on the VERY FIRST WEEK. The school had to call me to come get her. I felt terrible."

10) "I was late picking him up because of traffic. And then I accidentally drove into the bus-only lane on the way out (my excuse is we just moved and it's a new school). And he forgot his backpack so we had to go back. AND I bought McDonald's for dinner because SCREW IT."

Did you have any back to school mishaps this year?

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1RedH... 1RedHottMama

No problems,my daughter graduated last year and my son graduates this year. My son drives to school and is always early,he has a credit card and always has cash in his wallet so he is set for anything that comes up. He is however having to drive my SUV because his car and truck are to low to get into the parking lot over the speed bumps but we knew that before hand. He is getting new dump valves,switches and air tanks for his low rider truck so he can drive his own truck to school in the very near future. I am so glad that the days of crazy screw-ups the first week of school are over for us. Now we can hopefully take a deep breath well before our first grandson starts school. My daughter is due in January.

Kristin Nossaman

I almost missed the first day of school!!! I looked at the calendar wrong lol!

Blare Tanherd

LOL I am in college now but almost every year without fail my mom would forget the first day of school and I was always a day late!!!! 

Jessica Connor

Growing up, my mom never really made any first week of school mistakes. But as school gets closer for my boys I know I am bound to be frazzled!!

lizzi... lizzielu9

Cool story, 1RedHottMama...

Gherk... Gherkinsmom

My son went to school wearing his pj shirt. I didn't even notice till I picked him up:( oops

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