No matter how much you prepare the night before, or how much military precision you channel, getting out of the house when you have kids is never easy – especially on the school run.
They drag their heels. They take ages to eat breakfast . They lose shoes .
But one mum has been observing the parents who are always late and running for the school gates, and she's not impressed.
So unimpressed is she, in fact, that she's unleashed a rant on Mumsnet (where else?).
As much as it might seem judgemental to some, she does add that her loathing of being late dates back to her childhood, revealing that she was always dropped off late and felt as if "all eyes were on her".
"I'm probably going to get slammed for this. I know parenting is hard and sometimes we all run a little late at times," she begins.
Talking about her upbringing, she says: "My mum was absolutely terrible in the mornings. Wouldn't get up early, we would never be given breakfast (usually biscuits or crisps in the car on the way).
"I hated walking in late every day. I never got used to it. Felt like all eyes were on me and the teachers would get annoyed. I wasn't able to walk as the school was quite far away. I still very much like this now. It’s turned me into an extremely punctual person."
Fast-forward to her having a family of her own and doing the school run, and she's calling out other parents.
"Every day […] I see the same parents walking towards the school by this point 15 minutes after it first started and they aren't rushing either.
"We live in a village where most people live no further than a 5 minute walk away from the school. It’s a small place and most people walk (other than the few who live in the surrounding areas).
"I just feel sorry for the kids being ushered in so late in the morning. It's the same parents every single day!! It reminds me of my childhood and now being late every day made me extremely anxious.
"Do some people just not give a c**p??"
Most other mums agreed with her.
"It's unfair on the children and the teachers," one wrote. "We've all got busy lives but the majority of us get our kids to school on time."
Other pointed out that they saw nearly identical scenarios themselves.
One mum said: "I live very close to school, literally two or three houses away.
"Every morning at 9.02 I see the same parent hurtling down the street with his child. Child is probably about six. Every f*****g morning. Just leave five minutes earlier."
Even a teacher got involved, saying: "I was a teacher (primary) and it was the same children every time.
"They missed parts of the lesson – one child I taught never made it in time for the register and therefore missed a lot of the phonics/number recognition and general days of the week/name recognition stuff we did at the beginning of the day.
"It puts pressure on the teacher to help them catch up, it often leaves the child unsettled and uncomfortable for the rest of the day.
"Everyone runs into trouble sometimes – traffic, nose bleed, sudden illness, all sorts of reasons, and most schools understand that. It's persistent lateness that has a really sad impact on school work, the school day, confidence and all sorts of other things."
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