We all know what's the best thing about your kids going back to school: they're going back to school and getting out of your house. But what are the worst things about returning to a school-year schedule?
From dragging a teenager out of bed in the morning to finding someplace to store a dozen new preschool art projects every week, these are the things you are not looking forward to every fall.
Dragging Kids Out of Bed in the Morning You'd use a bucket of ice water if it wouldn't drench the sheets.
Making School Lunches. Every. Day. There are only so many "twists" on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
PTA Meetings - and PTA Parents There's always one.
Morning Drop-Off Madness It's like a driving game where the obstacles are minivans, kindergartners, and pissed-off parents.
A Different Fundraiser Every Week Selling chocolate, gift wrap, coupon books, cookies - can't we just write one check in September?
Dealing with a Mountain of Paper Permission slips, flyers, worksheets, art projects - and odds are, at least some of them are covered with glitter.
Enforcing Earlier Bed Times We all let this one slide in the summer.
Scheduling After-School Activities Soccer, Girl Scouts, violin, karate, swimming - and all of them at the same time.
Fighting the Nightly Homework Battle Wasn't it bad enough you had to do algebra the first time?
Getting Used to a New Teacher's Quirks No mechanical pencils, huh? Last year, it was only mechanical pencils.
Constant Volunteering Requests We all want to do our part, but does our part always have to involve sitting at a folding table selling raffle tickets?