It’s September, and that means it’s time to take the kids back to school. And while many parents will relish having time to themselves during the day again, many others recognize that this freedom comes at a price. Well, namely in the form of the awful experience of dropping them off at school in the mornings. As any parent—or kid—knows all too well, school drop-off zones can very quickly become bottled up traffic jams where tensions run high.
Last week, one frustrated father and North Carolinian named David Danielewicz posted a short Facebook rant about proper dropping off etiquette, which has since gone viral.
“I’m only going to say this once,” he wrote. “If you have to bathe or dress your kid, comb their hair, scramble them an egg and write them a send off letter before they can exit the car—YOU DO NOT BELONG IN THE SCHOOL DROP OFF LINE. Only people who raised their kids to jump out of the car with backpacks loaded like they are storming the beaches of Normandy while the car is at a slow roll are allowed in the drop off line. I will be giving stink eye warnings today but tomorrow I’m issuing citations.”
Danielewicz posted the rant in a closed Facebook group for residents of Indian Trail, North Carolina, where he currently lives, and thousands of people immediately liked, shared, and commented on it.
“I was kind of making a joke for Union County, and it just went viral,” Danielewicz told NBC Charlotte. “I’ve seen people combing their kids’ hair, letting them finish their cereal, truly amazing.”
Ulunda Baker, another resident of the county and fellow parent, said she laughed out loud at the post and that the struggle was so real.
“You can never beat the grandmas and grandpas,” she joked, adding that it typically takes her an hour to pick up her two boys from their local charter school.
It may sound funny, but the truth is that how stressful of an experience this daily chore is can really affect your overall well-being. British insurance company Allianz recently conducted a study on over 1,000 parents and found that their levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, peaked when it came time to take the kids to school in the morning. And nearly a quarter of the parents said that how smoothly the process goes sets their mood for the day.
So remember: don’t get out of the car, don’t skip people in line, put down your cellphone, and make sure the kids are ready to file out so you can keep the line moving. And for more parental guidance, check out Here’s Why Your Phone Is Making You a Terrible Parent.
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