Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Words Of Wisdom From The Mother Who Overslept

So, this morning I totally overslept.

And for the first time in her five years of school my daughter got a "tardy".

Tardy. What a weird sounding word. Don't you think?

And here's my wisdom coming atcha.

Forgive yourself.

You're the mom who does everything right almost all of the time.

And you're the mom who does so many things wrong the rest of the time.

And you know what? You're human.

It's okay.

If you're lucky you'll have a friend save your backside and come back and pick you and your daughter up and bring you to walk her in to the school.

And since you love your kid so much you'll walk across the whole entire first floor of the school and go up to her classroom with her so she doesn't have to feel anxious.

And she'll rat you out to the teacher, even though you accept full responsibility.

And then?

Before you have a chance to say goodbye the school fire alarm will ring and you and thousands - or is it hundreds? Probably hundreds, but FELT like thousands - of children will find yourself outside on school grounds.

While your friend waits for you at the front of the school. Where she dropped you off.





Because omg. How ridiculous is this that the one time your kid is late to school and you're there, IN THE SCHOOL with her, the school has a fire drill?

And you? You're laughing your ass off, too.

Because, seriously, how could this NOT have happened, right? I mean. There you are. Unshowered. In pants that are too big for you. In sandals. Walking not just from one parking lot, but from two parking lots over.

Around the entire school.

Because that's how it works.

And you're human.

And yes, you will need a lot of coffee to get you through the day.

And your friend is awesome and she will take you both to Starbucks so you can try their new Cascara Latte (with almond milk), hello new favorite!!!

But hey, this whole morning will inspire you to not only write a post about the experience, which you see here, but to also do a Facebook Live and remind moms (and dads, and grandparents, and anyone else out there who needs it!), that you're all human, and it will be okay.

See video below or find me on Facebook at Andrea Bates, LCSW.

(Or totally don't, because it cuts off my face. But if you want to just listen, go for it. I'll leave it for a minute. But go to FB, because then you can at least see me looking like a human being. Le sigh.)


  1. I love you.
    And I love this.

    Also, my kids are tardy, a lot. There are worse things.

  2. I've been there. Almost happened the other day.


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