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The Preschool Slacker

Posted by Patience on October 24, 2008 at 7:00 AM in Patience
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A second reminder was sent home in Lucy's school bag today. The first request was sent weeks ago.

Please be sure to send in a family picture. Thank you for your help.

When did I turn into "that mother"? You know the kind, the one...

who missed the parent night
has the most "spirited" child in the class
forgot to send in her cup for snack time
didn't have a permission slip on the field trip day
has yet to potty train her 3 year old
sent her in with a borderline runny nose
was late to pick her up

I am the preschool slacker, the very kind I reserved a tiny bit of judgment in my heart for when I was a teacher. Do you want to know the strangest part? I'm not nearly as horrified as I should be. Maybe it's because I know I'm doing the best I can and it won't be like this forever, or now I know what it's like to be on the other side, or possibly I'm too tired to care at all.

What I know for sure is yesterday I played mama slam for the first time in months, we've been to the park three times in the last week, the kids raved over the chocolate chip pancakes and eggs for dinner and no one cried on the way to school this morning. All in all, I'm calling it a win for mothering. Who knows, maybe tomorrow I'll even have a family picture to send in after all. Should I send this one?

our attempt at a family photo last tonight (Lyra was under the cut):
family picture.jpg

Any other supersister slackers out there? Feel free to confess in the comments.

9 Comments

kate writes...

oh, isn't it better than being the super high-strung mother who makes her family suffer through family portraits with a fake background and poses????

i think you should have a do-over, this time, with lucy more prominent in the pic and send it in. it IS for her class.

at least you aren't mundane!

Liz K writes...

It's amazing how much empathy I lacked for parents before I was one (and I was a teacher too).

I consider it one of my own personal developmental milestones when I decided that I didn't much care if the teacher or the other moms thought I was a good mother.

Amy writes...

I am a teacher, and I have been judgemental every now and then. But, what gets under my skin most is when I think parents don't care (about their child). Forgetful parents are all too common. It is not that they do not care, but rather have way too much on the table. I actually take a special interest in these parents. I know in my heart they want to do everything right, so I extend deadlines, send extra reminder notes or make phone calls. It is more important that you are there and trying, than giving up.

Amy writes...

you don't even want to know...
too embarassed to say in front of a jillion people online...
put it this way, you are so NOT alone!

Anne writes...

And you shouldn't be horrified, because, you picked the right preschool! not only for your kids but for you. It's only a note, not one teacher is thinking anything but what a wonderful mother you are and what a fabulous family you have. You do have your priorities in order girlfriend.

Sheri writes...

Oh my, I've got slacking down to a science. I don't mean to, but I constantly have to apologize to my sons teachers for forgetting to sign something or return it. It's not intentional, it really is a case of too much going on and not enough time to do it all. But I still feel horrible about it.

Alice writes...

I'm just glad to know I'm in good company. I tell myself that there are more important things in life than permission slips and whether or not we get to preschool 15 minutes late.

Marie writes...

YES, as a teacher, I can't believe how I am "that" mom sometimes, too. Oh the guilt.

And, well, what about the dads? My husband is truly a great dad, but how do I pass along more responsibility to him so that I'm not the one who gets all the "blame" for forgetting things like pictures, permission slips, and soccer sign-ups?

Jen Zug writes...

I'm late dropping my son off at preschool every day. I'm always the last one to pick him up. I usually park in the handicap parking spot because I'm in such a hurry. I forgot to bring treats to share for the Halloween party.

Lately I've noticed another mom from my son's class who is usually late. And she pulls up onto the grass when she's in a hurry.

I was thinking this week that maybe in this school of type-a moms, she and I should get together for some coffee.

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