What Type of Back-to-School Parent Are You?

What Type of Back-to-School Parent Are You?

We all have our own unique style when it comes to back-to-school time. What’s yours?


By: Maressa Brown

Back-to-school season is already in full swing across the country. As moms pack up their kids’ backpacks and drop them off for the first time in their kindergarten classrooms or wave goodbye at the junior high bus stop, tears are being shed and photos are being snapped and shared across social media. We all have our own unique ways of celebrating -- or perhaps, coping with! -- sending our kiddos back to school. Here is what your back-to-school parenting style says about you.

1. The devoted documentarian. Maybe you have an enduring tradition that you insist on year after year, like snapping a special posed family photo in which your kids hold up a blackboard that displays the grade they’re entering. Or you always take the same exact shot in front of your child’s bus stop or school. You can’t wait to look back on years of pictures, notes from lunch boxes, and report cards. If this is the case, you’re a sentimental creature of habit, which can be quite comforting to your kids, because they have that time-honored routine to look forward to every school year!

2. The investigative reporter. Perhaps you focus on asking your child’s teacher a list of questions, filling out paperwork galore, and going over the year’s curriculum. You’re a skillful, detail-oriented multitasker, and other moms may envy you for your ability to fire on all cylinders! Your children know their mom is their biggest advocate, and you unquestionably have their backs. You might also get yourself a bit wound up over minutiae, so know that you’re totally deserving of a break (think mani-pedi!) once the kids are happily settled in class.

3. The social butterfly. If posting status updates and photos galore to social media is your favorite way to mark the occasion of your kid’s first day back, you’re probably communicative, open, and trusting with just about anyone you meet. You love talking about your kids because you’re an unapologetically proud mama. You might even wear your heart on your sleeve a bit. And though your kids may groan when you go to take another video to upload to Facebook, they probably also love being the stars of your show.

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4. The fashionista. Pulling out all the stops when it comes to your kids’ back-to-school wardrobe is what you look forward to the most about a new school year. You’re also likely as organized as you are creative! You might have a special talent for helping your little ones foster their artistic side, whether you’re working with them on a crafty project or encouraging them to express themselves through poetry. Always up with the coolest trends, your kids are undoubtedly going to be voted best dressed of their class. And you, of course, are known as the most stylish mom!

5. The Zen mama. A laid back, “que sera, sera” approach is your way of tackling the start of the school year. You may see this season as a New Year of sorts and be thinking of making resolutions that are more spiritual than anything else. You want to encourage your children to be true to themselves and embrace their uniqueness as they take the next steps in their academic journey. Similarly, you may want to recommit to taking care of yourself (perhaps by going to yoga classes or attempting a new healthy eating plan), so you have the energy to help your kids shine this year!

6. The mom-in-chief. Perhaps back to school means your calendar is filled with PTA-sponsored events, field trips you’re chaperoning, and vows to bake endless treats for your children’s parties -- in and out of class! You’re a leader with a giving spirit -- probably the first of all your friends to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Everyone at your child’s school knows you by name, and you’re a go-to source of wisdom and support for other moms.

Which back-to-school parenting style do you relate to most?



Maressa Brown is a senior staff writer for The Stir. She loves writing about and reading up on health/fitness, relationships, and pop culture -- preferably on a beach somewhere.

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