Preschool drop-off is unlike regular school drop-off. We don’t get to pull up and let them out at the curb or send them on a bus. For our preschool, we have to park our car, walk them into the building, scan them in, walk them to their class, sign them in and leave. Same goes for pick up.
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It’s been nine short months since my first preschool drop-off and in doing this routine three days a week I’ve gotten to stitch together bits and pieces of the other mom’s lives. Although I can only barely scratch the surface of who they are individually, I can quickly group them into my list of mom categories.
The 5 Types of Moms You See at Preschool Drop-Off
1. Perfectly Perfect SAHM. It’s 8:15am and not only is her little girl dressed in an adorable, unwrinkled outfit complete with combed hair and a bow, she is as well. She is dressed in real clothes, her hair has clearly been blow dried and she is wearing makeup. And a smile. And do you know what else? She’s pushing a double stroller with twins in it.
2. Frantic SAHM. She walks into school in pajamas holding the hand of a little boy with a bad case of bed head. He threw a fit when she tried to brush his hair that morning and then threw another one on the walk from the car to the front door. She doesn’t understand how Perfectly Perfect SAHM does it and secretly hates her.
3. Working Mom. She’s got herself pulled together just enough so that she is compliant with the business casual standards at the office. And no one ever said you have to brush your hair. Her little one ate breakfast in the car and she forgot to put extra pants in his backpack. She’s got a big mug of coffee and a long to-do list.
4. Sporty Mom. She is invariably on her way to the gym. Each time you see her she is in a Champion tank top, sneakers and those weird spandex capri pant things. You wonder if she really goes to the gym at all or just wears the clothes because they’re comfy.
5. Dad. Yes, dads take care of preschool drop-off, too. It’s a ratio of probably 15:1 but that’s OK. He is surprisingly punctual and appears care-free. I never see a dad dealing with a fit-thrower. Coincidence?
I joke, but here is the awesome thing about people and especially about motherhood… Each of these broad characterizations I have made have nothing to do with their ability and their love for their children. One mom may bake while another one fishes and both of them are their child’s perfect mother.
All “types” of parents are awesome parents.