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The 10 stages of going back to school... for moms

Meredith Bland is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Time.com, Brain, Mother, The Rumpus, Scary Mommy and Narratively, among others.

10 Thoughts moms have on the first day of school (GIFs)

It's back-to-school time! This is the time of year when parents cheer and toast each other's good fortune. There are, on the other hand, some aspects of back-to-school time that could be called, "the very worst."

Here are 10 mixed feelings that every mom has on the first day of school.

1. They're away all day. This is the best day I've had since the last first day of school!

10 Thoughts moms have on the first day of school (GIFs)

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2. Oh, wait. But first we have to buy school supplies. What the heck are Book Sox?

10 Thoughts moms have on the first day of school (GIFs)

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3. And, of course, back-to-school clothes that are bound to end up stained and with weird holes, but still cost more than anything I own.

10 Thoughts moms have on the first day of school (GIFs)

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4. I can kiss my low-key mornings goodbye. There's a science fair project that needs to be thought up, put together and finished in the next 40 minutes. Thanks, Son.

10 Thoughts moms have on the first day of school (GIFs)

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5. And I lose my evenings to homework. Thanks, learning.

10 Thoughts moms have on the first day of school (GIFs)

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6. And I need to come up with five school lunches a week. Which is great, because I am fantastic at ordering pizza.

10 Thoughts moms have on the first day of school (GIFs)

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7. And I need to try to make them healthy so their teachers won't judge me. Well, healthy-ish. Let them know those are organic cheese doodles, Charlotte.

10 Thoughts moms have on the first day of school (GIFs)

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8. Oh God, I forgot about all those theme days. Damn you, Crazy Hair Day.

10 Thoughts moms have on the first day of school (GIFs)

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9. Not to mention the fact that we only did three things on your summer wish list. Maybe we'll go to LEGO Land, Disney World and Disney Land next year, kiddos.

10 Thoughts moms have on the first day of school (GIFs)

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10. But the biggest problem is that they keep getting older. I'm going to download the soundtrack to Fiddler on the Roof and sing "Sunrise, Sunset" through my night-before-the-first-day-of-school wine.

10 Thoughts moms have on the first day of school (GIFs)

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