To the Teacher Moms on the First Day of School

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The end of summer came out of nowhere, and we are only a week or two from the start of another school year. Families are trying to make the most of the time they have left with days spent swimming at the pool and evenings spent enjoying freeze pops and later bedtimes.

Even though summer technically isn’t over, teachers have already started returning to their classrooms. Their days are spent unpacking, cleaning, organizing and decorating. Their days are spent creating name tags, setting up their classroom library, and perfecting their bulletin boards. Their days are spent finding a fun ice breaker activity for the first day, creating the first week’s lesson plans and perfecting their syllabus. 

The night before that first day of school, they’ll get their lunch ready, pack up their school bag, and pick out their first-day outfit… because they are just as excited (and nervous!) for the first day of school as their students are, and as you are. The first day of school is full of fun moments and yearly traditions. But the first day of school can be a tough one for teachers who are also moms, because they often miss out on all of those memories.

So here’s to the teacher moms, on the first day of school, who can’t sit down and enjoy a special pancake breakfast because they’re drinking their coffee and eating a piece of toast in the car on the way to school.

So here’s to the teacher moms, on the first day of school, who don’t get to take the perfect first day of school picture because they’re busy taking 18 different pictures with 18 new and excited faces.

So here’s to the teacher moms, on the first day of school, who don’t get to walk their child into their new classroom because they’re already waiting at their own door.

So here’s to the teacher moms, on the first day of school, who can’t attend the “Boo Hoo Breakfast” because they’re in the middle of that perfect ice breaker activity they had chosen after much deliberation.

So here’s to the teacher moms, on the first day of school, who feel guilty over their rushed lunch break because they forgot to include a note in their kid’s lunchbox and who definitely didn’t have time to cut the sandwich into fun shapes.

So here’s to the teacher moms, on the first day of school, who spend a few minutes scrolling through Facebook during their planning period and instantly feel “mom guilt” as they see all of the first day pictures being shared.

And here’s to the teacher moms, on the first day of school, who rush home to hear all about their own kid’s first day… and give a couple extra hugs to try to make up for what was missed.

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Maddie K
Maddie is constantly trying to find the balance between raising a biracial daughter on her own, being a high school Spanish teacher, and trying to navigate the dating world in her 30's. Definitely an extroverted introvert, Maddie loves nerding out about teaching Spanish, and you can usually find her reading whenever she has free time. Her favorites include: tacos, coffee, mascara, Harry Potter, scuba diving, face masks, and therapy. Maddie is also a childhood AML Leukemia survivor, and currently has a very stubborn case of Papillary Thyroid Cancer. She's spent most of her entire life in the St. Louis area, and her favorite things about STL are the Zoo and Imo's Pizza!