For parents, the new school year is exciting. Children are finally out of the house for the summer and back in the care of the teachers. Not only is this a much-needed relief for working parents, it gives people a break from constant attention-seeking and nagging from bratty kids.
The start of the school year is exciting for parents. Children do not find it as fun because it means their summer vacation is over. Parents excitedly buy up new pencils, outfits and backpacks as they eagerly prepare to ship their children off to another year of school.
But parents have about as much enthusiasm and excitement at the beginning of the school year as they have tiredness and boredom at the end. And one mom shared her hilarious experience with this on TODAY. See her story below…
Mom Jen Hatmaker opened up about her experience being a mom of school-age children. And as the end of the year approaches, “we are limping, limping across the finish line, folks. I tapped out somewhere in April and at this point, it is a miracle my kids are still even going to school.”
For example, Hatmaker quit on signing the homework folder to prove that she had reviewed her child’s homework. Her last signature for the year was in April 2016, when her child still had another two months to go.
Hatmaker called herself the ‘worst end of school year mom ever’.
Because she has five children, Hatmaker is overwhelmed. And the teachers keep putting more responsibility on mom and dad to partake in their children’s education.
Her daughter approached her about reading before bed and the following exchange occurred.
The little girl chirped, “We need to read for 20 minutes.”
“No, we don’t have to read tonight.”
“YES WE DO!!! MRS. BURKE SAID!!! WE HAAAAVE TO!!!”
“We already read.”
“NO WE DIDN’T!!! YOU ARE FAKING ME, MOM?”
“When I talk to you during the day, that’s like reading. You have to listen to the words I am saying and then make sense of them. It’s really hard work for you. It’s called auditory reading. We’ve been practicing all day. I’ll write the minutes down in your log.”
Another mom named Gelnnon at Momastery hated reading with her child too, writing: “The little one wants to ‘help read’ her book. So, let’s see. It takes her about six minutes to sound out each word, and so if the book is one hundred words, well, I don’t specialize in math but I am telling you that I am stuck in that room FOREVER. It feels like I will be reading that book with Amma until I die.”
Hatmaker urged teachers to think of the parents before giving their students homework during the busy April months.
She wrote, “Teachers, we need to make a deal that after April testing, we don’t have to do anything else. You don’t. I don’t. I don’t care if you watch movies in class five days a week and take four recesses a day.”
In the end, she writes to all the other moms who are bad at finishing the school year: “We were awesome back in October; don’t you forget that. We used to care, and that counts for something. Next year’s teachers will get a fresher version of us in August, and they won’t even know the levels of suckage we will succumb to by May.”
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