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You have to be ORGANISED!
This is something that I am most definitely not, in any way, shape or form. Yes, I am THAT mother, the one running up to the school gates with my slippers still on, kids in tow eating their breakfast, just as the second bell has sounded.
Now, this is fine if you are a morning person but if you’re not then it’s a nightmare and couple that with point 1 and you have a recipe for disaster. Hence the slippers!
You are constantly clock watching
and 3.30 comes around a lot faster than you think.
You have to deal with the ‘playground politics’
Now I’m not talking about the kids here, I’m talking about the parents. Who knew that it matters where you stand in the playground, who you speak to and what you are wearing. What a load of tosh!
Uniform costs a small fortune!
Being an avid charity shopper this one really hit me hard. How much do you want me to pay for a winter cap that he will never wear and probably lose within the first week! What really got me about this one is that you have no other option, you have to buy the logo uniform from the school, no bargain charity shopping for this one.
They lose things!
On the first day, mine managed to come home minus a jumper and his water bottle. See point 5.
You are fresh meat
and become a prime target for getting roped into PTA’s/bake sales/organising fetes etc. As if you haven’t already got enough to think about.
You suddenly have a new job description… Taxi driver
Your child’s social diary has suddenly gone up a notch or two. You will now spend almost every weekend taking your child to some form of event, whether it be a birthday party or a new found love of a sport that will probably only last until you buy all of the equipment for it, which is when they will then subsequently decide that they are no longer into that anymore but something else entirely.
You have to be polite
You are going to see the same people every day, twice a day for the foreseeable future and you have to smile and be polite every day. Even when you feel like poo.
You have to do it all twice a day, every weekday!