Back-to-school sayings: 21 things Chicago parents aren't ready to hear


By Keely Flynn

Member of the Chicago Parent Blog Network

Still on summer vacation? Stay there as long as possible. It’s a scary place out there in Back-to-School Land. Here’s a list of possible things you’re not quite ready to hear, whether from your preschoolers or your high school seniors:


21. When’s it going to be cold enough to wear my back-to-school clothes?


20. These shoes aren’t cute anymore.


19. I volunteered you for the (out of town/overnight) field trip!


18. Will you stay for the whole time?


17. Will you let me walk in by myself?


16. Drop-off is at 6:45am/7:30am/9:15am/12:12pm/3:30pm/5:20pm/7:02pm.


15. Pick-up is at 11:20am/12:15pm/2:10pm/3:30pm/4:13pm/5:15pm/9:09pm.


14. I volunteered you for the (weekend/evening) committee!


13. My team has 19 away games.


12. Can you drop me off a little further away from the front doors?


11. Can you drive my friends home?


10. Can I ride in my boyfriend’s car?


9. I volunteered you for the (allergen-free/themed) snack!


8. I’m not tired for bed!


7. I’m too tired for breakfast!


6. I’m taking Greek/Japanese/Yiddish/other language you don’t know and cannot possibly assist me with in the wee hours of the morning when I remember I have a project due.


5. I need 31 glue sticks, 96 pencils, and 5 PVC-free insulated bags.


4. There’s a form that has to be signed, but I forgot it/ripped it/left it somewhere.


3. It’s New Math.


2. (It’s Old Math.)


1. How many days until Christmas break?


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