The 11 Stages of Back To School in GIFs

Back to school is upon us, friends.

My social media feeds and text threads are full of moms waving the white flag on the summer and counting the days until the school starts.

Don’t get me started on the back to school SHOPPING.

Back to school stirs up some feelings, amirite?

Let’s review the stages of back to school in order…

1. EAGER

You’ve done all the things. Half the pool toys have gone missing. The car still has sand in it from the beach. The sun screen is almost gone. LET’S WRAP IT UP.

2. DONE WITH THE FIGHTING

Everything is a brawl. No one is allowed in each other’s room. They’re arguing over the air conditioning vent in the back seat.

3. TOUGH LOVE

Someone who shall not be named banned ALL SCREENS for her three kids weeks ago. The ban lasts until school starts. WHOA.

4. FOMO

Did we have enough fun?! How is everyone else spending the last few days of summer? SHOULD WE BE DOING THAT TOO?

5. BUY ALL THE THINGS

Oh, everyone grew out of their shoes…at…the…same…time. FANTASTIC. Clothes, shoes, school supplies. Come at me, Target.​

6. CONFUSION

Where the hell did the backpacks go?! Lunch boxes? Water bottles? ANYONE?

7. ANGST

My babies. Where are my babies?! These kids are getting so old and so big and they are going to be going to college in the blink of an eye! Noooooooooooooooo!

8. REALIZATION

Oh no…the morning hustle is coming back. So much nagging to get dressed/brush your teeth/put on your shoes.

9. ACCEPTANCE

This is good. Kids should be educated. I mean, it’s a hustle and they are growing up, but YES. Let’s fill those brains!

10. EMOTIONAL

They are going to get on that bus and drive away. I HAVE SOME FEELINGS ABOUT THIS.

11. CELEBRATION

Guess what, moms? WE GET MANY HOURS TO DO THINGS WE WANT/NEED TO DO.

Who wants to join me for an afternoon movie? YOU ALL DO.

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