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I Had a Perfect Plan Until I Went to my Kids’ School Open House

OK.   I’ve planned 2-3 hours a day to write.  I have an amazing schedule. It has different colors.  And a place for everything.  It’s an amazing schedule. AMAZING.

Then I went to my kids’ school open house.

And I signed up to bring snacks for Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas.

And I signed up to volunteer in the classroom.  Because supposedly it shows I care.  And it helps my kids succeed.  And having a relationship with your teachers is supposed to be a good idea.

And I told the PTO I’d help in any way they need.

And I told my son’s 5th grade teacher that I’m not as flighty as I seem.  (Seriously?)

And all three kids are in piano.

And 1st grade means reading really boring books every night.

And 3rd grade means working on math facts every night.

And there’s dinner.


I am doomed.

I am doomed.

So we’re gonna see what happens in September.  And if men in white coats take me away, we’ll know my plan didn’t work.

(When times get really tough, I figure I’ll just remind myself that at least I’m not dancing on a stage half nude surrounded by giant teddy bears and Robin Thicke dressed as the Hamburglar.)


  1. Megan says:

    When they go back to school, my parental workload increases. It’s counterintuitive and very unfair. I’ve already realized that some of my sixth-grader’s math is beyond me.

    1. Marianne Hansen says:

      Our school system changed how to do math. I didn’t know you could do that.

  2. Sarah says:

    I start my sentences with and, but, and because all the time! Just to spite my old english teachers. It’s a conscious choice. 🙂

    And yeah, as nice as it is to have the kids back in school….the homework sucks. So do the early mornings. Why, oh why do the powers-that-be think that high school needs to start so early? Don’t they know that teenagers (and their mothers) need their sleep?

    We have back to school night this evening at the elementary. I’m going to try really hard to hold strong and not sign up for much volunteering. Been there, done that. I’ve put in my hours (tons and tons of them) with my older kids. But I have this horrible feeling that I will guilt trip myself into singing up for some ridiculous amount of volunteering based on the fact that my 1st grader is my youngest child and I have no other kids at home so clearly I have the time to be the class room mother.

    1. Marianne Hansen says:

      I do it for the relationship w the school. I figure if I’m there then I’ll know what’s going on. But generally it just means I forget more things I’m supposed to do!

  3. Tia says:

    You are a better person than I am, Marianne! I don’t go to those things, because I want to preemptively negate the guilt, so I can concentrate on feeling guilty for not practicing enough. Or writing enough, in your case, right?

    1. Marianne Hansen says:

      Exactly. But I’m sticking to my schedule next week. I’m pretty sure

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