Parents Who May Or May Not Be Ready For Kids To Go Back To School

Summer is coming to an end, and while 2020 certainly hasn’t been the most normal summer, that doesn’t mean that parents are any less ready for their kids to be going back to school in the fall.

After months of being responsible for their children’s education, some parents have adapted well, but others are itching for the day that they can send their kids off to school every day, and we don’t blame them.

You Asked Him To Give You A Hand

kid stuck hand in the brownie
Photo Credit: Reddit / TheTonz
Photo Credit: Reddit / TheTonz

The 3-year-old said he was running inside to go to the bathroom but instead ended up running inside to stick his hand in the center of the brownie pan, so Home Ec class is now adjourned.

Having The Tough Conversations

homeschool baseball team cuts
Photo Credit: Twitter / @mommajessiec
Photo Credit: Twitter / @mommajessiec

Sometimes, you’re going to have tough conversations with your children that show them the realities of life. Someone has to prepare them for the harsh world ahead, so you might as well douse his dreams of being a professional baseball player before he gets his hopes up.

You Can Expect A Zoom Call Home After That One

boats n hoes singing on zoom
Photo Credit: Twitter / @maryfairybobrry
Photo Credit: Twitter / @maryfairybobrry

Someone has definitely been spending too much time hanging out in his older brother’s room while stuck at home if that’s the song he chose to sing for the quarantine music recital.

This Is Why Kids Should Always Wear Masks

child sneezing on birthday cake
Photo Credit: Reddit / jaime0007
Photo Credit: Reddit / jaime0007

We all already knew that children weren’t the cleanest humans on Earth, but seeing it illuminated in the sunlight over a birthday cake makes us want to wear gloves and a mask forever.

Gym Class Can Be Fun For The Whole Family

children roller skating inside
Photo Credit: Twitter / @corychilds07
Photo Credit: Twitter / @corychilds07

What was supposed to be a 60-minute gym class turned into a day-long indoor roller derby tournament, but at least it got them away from their computer screens for a few hours!

He’s Found His True Calling

marine training children
Photo Credit: Twitter / @Michael_Haz
Photo Credit: Twitter / @Michael_Haz

If the thought of potentially having to keep your kids home in September is daunting, you should find this man—he has clearly made quarantine work for him and his new career.

The Secret Snacking Has To Stop

toddler secretly snacking
Photo Credit: Twitter / kimberlycongdon & @MrMikeCox
Photo Credit: Twitter / kimberlycongdon & @MrMikeCox

While it may be nice to have had some extra time to spend with your children while everyone is home, that doesn’t mean that every moment is going to be nice. It also gave you extra time to remember the less joyful parts of parenting.

We Need To Talk About The “Hands-Off” Policy

child scratched mom's cornea
Photo Credit: Reddit. shermiezzz12
Photo Credit: Reddit. shermiezzz12

There’s a reason that schools implement a “hands-off” policy for children, and if this mom had done that, her toddler wouldn’t have been able to scratch the top layer of her cornea off when he poked her in the eye.

Shave The Head And Start Over

sticky toys stuck in kid's hair
Photo Credit: Instagram / @theonemanbandit
Photo Credit: Instagram / @theonemanbandit

You should know by now that if you hear silence coming from the room where your children were playing loudly two seconds ago, you should go in there. Silence automatically means they’re up to no good, but you made the mistake of trusting them to play on their own, and now you have to shave someone’s head.

It’s Called Art, Look It Up

child who made art with pads
Photo Credit: Reddit / GreedyJester
Photo Credit: Reddit / GreedyJester

When you said that anything in the cupboard was fair game for the art project you assigned to your children, you were not talking about the bathroom cupboard, but here we are.

You Can’t Teach This Valuable Lesson In A Classroom

a dollar per chore for the child
Photo Credit: Twitter / @storiesofamom
Photo Credit: Twitter / @storiesofamom

Just think! If she had been sitting in a classroom all this time, she never would’ve had the opportunity to learn this lesson, and you never would’ve gotten her to do all those chores for you.

Good Luck Controlling Them

kids coughing with mouths uncovered
Photo Credit: Reddit / Kimberlyquin98
Photo Credit: Reddit / Kimberlyquin98

Your kids can either cough without covering their mouths all over the playground, or they can cough directly in your face when you go to give them a hug. The choice is yours.

The Songs Will Stick With You After They’re Back At School

frozen homeschool schedule movie watching
Photo Credit: Twitter / @Swishergirl24
Photo Credit: Twitter / @Swishergirl24

Once you introduce your kid to the Frozen franchise, you will never be able to escape it. It’ll infiltrate every aspect of your life, from the backpacks you buy to the shampoo bottles you use. Long after they’re back at school, you’ll be stuck with “Into the Unknown” running through your head.

Does This Count As A Lesson In Media Literacy?

cereal out of wrong bowl
Photo Credit: Pinterest
Photo Credit: Pinterest

She was simply doing what the box told her to do, and she can’t be faulted for that. They eat their bowls of cereal out of coffee filters, why shouldn’t she?

Anything Can Be A Homeschooling Lesson

graph for tolerance of alcohol vs children
Photo Credit: Reddit / iujohn3
Photo Credit: Reddit / iujohn3

You can use this graph to help teach the older children about mathematics, and you can use it to teach the young kids about how to draw a straight line or learn how to spell the word “tolerance.” It’s a multi-purpose learning tool!

Sticking To The Schedule

school schedule for children
Photo Credit: Twitter / @3dirtyboyz
Photo Credit: Twitter / @3dirtyboyz

When the experts recommended that you try to keep to a schedule while homeschooling, they never said what kind of schedule you had to keep, so these parents made the most realistic one.

What If They’re Educational Shows?

excessive screen time ipads toddlers
Photo Credit: Twitter / @HonestToddler
Photo Credit: Twitter / @HonestToddler

As long as you throw in a couple of educational television shows or apps that teach them something important every once in a while, the rest of the time online can be written off as a study break.

First Day On The Job Is Going Well

slime in childs hair
Photo Credit: Reddit / vellowitty
Photo Credit: Reddit / vellowitty

You decided that you were going to be the fun parent during quarantine who made things like slime as a way to substitute science class, but now that it’s ended up in someone’s hair, you realize you’re not cut out for this.

Ben Is Ready To Be Done With Homeschooling Too

homeschool update from child
Photo Credit: Facebook / Candice Hunter Kennedy
Photo Credit: Facebook / Candice Hunter Kennedy

You tell yourself that you’re doing your best as a makeshift teacher and that your kids are doing fine, but then your son writes about how you need time to figure things out, and it all just goes downhill from there.

They Have Eyes Everywhere

hiding candy from children
Photo Credit: Twitter / @Beagz
Photo Credit: Twitter / @Beagz

All those hours that they were typically at school, you used to be free to eat what you wanted or do whatever you wanted at home, but now that they’re home all the time, you have to get creative.

Sorry, We Don’t Teach Witchcraft Here

child making demon sign in living room
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Photo Credit: Reddit /

If you’re going to want to learn about witchcraft or defense against the dark arts, you’re going to need to look for your letter to Hogwarts, because we don’t tolerate that here.

School Is Real And So Is The Struggle

school with parents who don't know math
Photo Credit: Twitter / @Xploding Unicorn
Photo Credit: Twitter / @Xploding Unicorn

The second that your kids realize that you don’t actually understand their math homework any better than they do, it’s all downhill for you and your authority. You spent years pretending you knew everything, but now they know the truth.

Women In STEM For The Win

girls dissecting computer
Photo Credit: Reddit / tardiusmaximus
Photo Credit: Reddit / tardiusmaximus

One dad had no idea how easy being in charge of his children’s’ education would be until he realized that telling them to deconstruct and reconstruct an old laptop would keep them busy for hours.

He Needs Outside Interaction

from child to housecat transformation
Photo Credit: Twitter / @PetrickSara
Photo Credit: Twitter / @PetrickSara

You may not have realized the downsides of keeping your kids home longterm right away, but now that it’s been a few months, you’re realizing just how important proper socialization actually is.

A Solid School Schedule In Quarantine

child making school schedule for herself
Photo Credit: Twitter / @ristinlkrueger
Photo Credit: Twitter / @ristinlkrueger

You were trying to teach a lesson in time management, but now you’ve let your kindergartener create their own schedule that involves field trips, games, lunch, and not a whole lot of learning.

This Is What Happens When You Outsource

dog teaching children
Photo Credit: Reddit / kmascasa
Photo Credit: Reddit / kmascasa

As long as you don’t actually care about whether or not your children learn anything, you can make your life easier by outsourcing your teaching role to the family pets.

A Signed Original Work Of Art

7 year old drew on the walls
Photo Credit: Reddit / Nirahli
Photo Credit: Reddit / Nirahli

School may have an honor system, but at home, anything goes. Your 7-year-old drew all over the walls and tried to blame the 3-year-old, but he made the classic mistake of signing his work.

A Friendly Reminder

wear your masks from a teacher
Photo Credit: Twitter / rachelljones
Photo Credit: Twitter / rachelljones

Pro tip: if you want to get your kids used to wearing a mask, tell them that they’re only allowed to watch TV or use the computer if they’re wearing one.

Are Teachers Not Supposed To Cry?

crying signals end of class in this school
Photo Credit: Twitter / @mommajessiec
Photo Credit: Twitter / @mommajessiec

It might not be the most conventional way to signal that the lesson is over, but it works! There’s no question that your kids could figure out what it means when you break down.

Encouraging A Love Of Architecture

building a fort in the living room
Photo Credit: Reddit / 7bottlesofwine
Photo Credit: Reddit / 7bottlesofwine

The advantage of homeschooling is that you’re allowed to improvise with your lesson plans, which is how you end up spending an afternoon with your three children building an intense blanket fort instead of doing that math worksheet their teacher emailed.