My stress level is already high enough, hoping my kid does well, plays nicely with others, earns an Ivy League school scholarship in Kindergarten, won’t fart and blame it on some unsuspecting student, be the one known to pick his nose and eat it, or fighting back the tears watching my son grow up so fast right in front of my eyes.


The school year has started for many. I can tell because there are back to school posts and pictures all over Facebook. For some, school has yet to start or even get started when you think about it if you see how many days off the kids get during the school year.

It’s all there. Backpacks, smiles, tears, leaps for joy. I know that you are excited and am excited for you!  You are probably more excited than your kids. As is evident you who take “School: Day 2” pictures of your kids dreading to go back to school.

You might not realize what you are doing, but you are doing it. You are fueling the creative picture contest… and my stress level.

 

My son starts school tomorrow. I knew that this day was coming, but nothing can prepare you as a parent for the emotions that you will experience watching your child walk into that school on his first day. My stress level is already high enough, hoping my kid does well, plays nicely with others, earns an Ivy League school scholarship in Kindergarten, won’t fart and blame it on some unsuspecting student, be the one known to pick his nose and eat it, or fighting back the tears watching my son grow up so fast right in front of my eyes.

Now we have to add the competition of taking a creative first day of school picture?

Oh and don’t forget to add some text to it from whatever photo editing app you use on your phone to say, “First day of school!”

I’m Stressed: And Parents of School Age Children Are The Reason

Stressed - The Rookie Dad

I look at your pictures of your kids on their first day of school and yes it does make me smile. I’m glad that your child is going back to school. It’s been a long hot summer shuttling our kids from t-ball games to the pool and various play dates. We need a break. I get it.

But let’s cut the crap and stop one-upping each other when it comes to back to school pictures.

You all have me stressed out!

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that many of you have been thinking  Pinteresting creative ways to take the “first day of school” picture. I bet some of you have been probably thinking about it for a year, two, maybe you’ve been thinking about it since you came up with the announcement that you are having a baby.

Stop, take the picture to remember the moment, then enjoy the moment. Your child is growing up right in front of your eyes.

This is a BIG day and should be remembered.

He/she will soon be walking the halls of jr. high, then high school, asking for the keys to the cars, going on dates with someone you disapprove of, walking the stage at high school graduation, going to college, then moving off to some far away place. That is if they don’t decide to go back home.

Being a parent is stressful enough… without competing for the most creative picture award.

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