12 Outrageous Things Moms Did After Dropping Their Kids Off for the First Time

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My daughter -- MY BABY -- is starting kindergarden in the fall. I really can't think too much about it because it reminds me of the day I dropped her off at preschool for the first time. There were tears. So many tears. Exactly 0 percent of them were hers. 

When it comes to emotional parenting moments, the first time you drop off your kid at day care or preschool can be a doozy. I always tend toward tears and grief at the all-too-swift passage of time. My best friend, on the other hand, tends toward tears of gladness, followed by a mimosa breakfast and a pedicure. (Her way is a lot more fun than mine.) 

I asked 12 other moms to remember what the first day of preschool or day care drop-off was like. Let's just say that some of them had days they'll never forget -- even if they wanted to! I'm looking at you, #2!

  • I was a ridiculous crier.

    1

    "I was a wreck on the first day of preschool. Totally blubbering and crying all the tears. My little guy seemed so big but still small, and what if he missed me and what if something happened, blah blah blah. 

    "That might seem like normal mom feelings except for one thing -- I work at the preschool where my son goes. He is literally in the class next door. It was ridiculous." -- Maddie L., Lakeville, Minnesota

  • I caused a car accident.

    2

    "Oh, I'll never forget my first time dropping my daughter off at preschool and neither will anyone else who was there. At her school, the parents pull up to a circle drive and the teachers or a teacher's aide wait outside and take the whole class in together. On the first day, I dropped her off and was basically sobbing as I started to drive off. I wasn't paying enough attention and kept trying to spot her in my rearview mirror and ended up rear-ending the car in front of me. Yep, caused a car accident with another parent on the first day. Go me! It was mortifying." -- Name withheld by request

  • I celebrated!

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    "I so don't understand the moms all crying together on the first day of preschool. I was so happy. After four years of having a kid touching me EVERY SINGLE MINUTE, I was finally getting some 'me time.' I was so pumped." -- Michelle J., Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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  • I napped so hard.

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    "Our son started day care when he was 4 months old. My husband took the day off from work and I planned to go back to work for the first time post-baby the next day. So we had eight hours of freedom. We dropped him off, went out for pancakes, and then went home, stripped down to our underwear, went to bed, and napped SO HARD. We slept for hours. It was amazing." -- Elizabeth C., Phoenix, Arizona 

  • I had sex in the car with my husband!

    5

    "Um, my way of dealing with the first day of day care emotions is probably illegal! My husband and I did the drop-off together and then we ended up driving around for a while and talking. We ended up pulling into a deserted park and getting frisky in the back seat! We had to work around the car seats, but it was worth it!" -- Name withheld by request

  • I lingered way too long.

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    "I was a stay-at-home mom with my twins for the first two years and then decided to go back to work. The day care center we chose had an observation room, behind one-way glass, where you could watch the kids for a little. I dropped my girls off with not too much drama, they were fine, and then went to the observation room. I decided to watch them for five minutes, max. 

    "Yeah, an hour later I got a call from someone at my job asking if I was coming in. I was entranced by watching them play in their new class. I was a total creeper of a mom." -- Andi D., Altoona, Iowa

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  • I pulled a lunch switcheroo.

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    "I was a WRECK dropping my daughter off at preschool for the first time. I cried the whole drive to work. I was holding it together at work, until lunchtime. Then I opened my bag and realized I had accidentally given her my lunch and taken hers. So I had a sandwich, juice box, and cookies with a note that said 'Mama loves you.' 

    "It did make me laugh a little picturing the teachers opening her lunch and finding a Diet Coke and a Weight Watchers frozen entrée. Exactly what a 30-pound 4-year-old should be eating, right?" -- Amy A., Omaha, Nebraska

  • I had a spa day.

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    "First day of preschool: 8:00 a.m. drop-off, 8:15 a.m. spa day! I looked GOOD at pickup that day!" -- Louisa F., Saint Paul, Minnesota 

  • I couldn't do it at all.

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    "I've never done the first day drop-off, with any of my five kids! I'm way too emotional. My husband takes them and I stay home and sob. Five times, always the same. My husband knows now to come home with a coffee and bagel for medicinal purposes." -- Zoe R., Seattle, Washington

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  • I started a tradition with the other moms.

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    "When I dropped my son off at preschool, I ended up going out for coffee afterwards with some other moms. Now, five years later, we all still meet for coffee on the first day of school. There is a lot less crying now than there was that first day." -- Tricia N., Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • I had to comfort my husband all day.

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    "I was totally fine for the first day of preschool. My husband, on the other hand, was a HOT MESS. Which is so strange, since I'm the stay-at-home parent. But he had to take the whole day off to mourn, which basically stole my first day of freedom! He cried like a baby!" -- Jamie Y., Plano, Texas

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  • I had to be the rock (with a little extra snot).

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    "My kid was the stage 5 clinger at preschool. She wouldn't stop trying to climb me like a tree and clinging to my leg. She had to be peeled off me, kicking and screaming. I had to go home and change before I went to work because there was snot all over my pants. On the plus side, I never cried because she was too busy crying. Yay?" -- Tamara D., Roswell, New Mexico 

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