The Most Perfect Back to School Video Ever!

Target? Alone? BRING IT. The Back to School countdown is ON…

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What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Welcome to Scary Mommy!


Yvonne 8 months ago

Love it!!!!

Les 8 months ago

love this! my son starts school for the first time this year I toke my last week of Holidays the same week school starts :)

Beth 8 months ago

That is a cute video.. Mine would be to crash back into bed! Last/youngest one started college this year, so the tears fell when the baby of the a family of 4 kids left the house.

Joāo Vitória 1 year ago


Shirley 2 years ago

Loooooooove it!

Nina 2 years ago

#19, Sam. I am totally with you!!! :)

Ingrid 2 years ago

LOL! I loved this video! I homeschool my kids too so I’ll be at Target after dark also or when they attend their co-op once a week. But I thought this video was hilarious! The glee on the face of the moms as she goes to the bathroom alone – HA! Awesome!

Jill 2 years ago

Is target selling those tshirts……

Rachel 2 years ago

Nailed it!

Babette 2 years ago

I dropped him off at school….and came home and laid around the house most of the day. In my pajamas. With no one needing me to do this, or that. I actually got to watch TV – on the channels I like!! I read a book. I ate chocolate, and had no one giving me sad eyes, wanting half of it. So, in other words, it was amazing!

Lou 2 years ago

I have been a working and stay at home mom. I get both arguments; at the end of the day each family does what works for them. For me personally, staying at home is ALOT more work than working my 8 hour shifts and coming home to the house how it was left in the morning. No one knows what each goes through. Some have to sacrifice a bit more than others; I am with my children 24/7 literally, and I totally long for 5 minutes of silence or adult interaction without interruption on some days. No need to get bent out of shape though on this video… it’s not meant to poke at working or stay at home moms.. MOMs in general, working, single, stay at home, etc all deserve a break… those who complain about caring for their children and making it sound like such a burden should have probably reconsidered reproducing.

Rachel Myers 2 years ago

I’ll be in my big soaker tub with bubbles, a HOT coffee and a slutty book!!!! Sept. 2nd can’t come fast enough!

Paige Gearhart 2 years ago

Loved it!!

Emily Craig 2 years ago

Hahahaha!!!! I want the shirt that says what happens at target stays at target !

Amber Nicole 2 years ago

I loved this! I still have babies at home though when my older kids go to school. No target party for Amber. Lol that is how my husband and I spend date night however!

a 2 years ago

Laid by the pool. Read a book.

Michele Lucchine 2 years ago

love every video they make! I work full time so I’ll never know what that feels like but I do go to target alone after bedtime, its a dream!!!

Amy Covey Gaudette 2 years ago

Just four more years…

Alice Pek 2 years ago

Teachers are on strike here so no back to school ahhhhh

Jessica Ottinger 2 years ago

3rd day back in school and this mommy went to Target.

Courtnay Vickie 2 years ago

Lol, love it

Masa 2 years ago

I love how people put in so much effort to put others in their place. If you can’t see both sides, an online comment isn’t going to suddenly open your eyes. Has anyone seen White People Problems on SNL? As is life, everyone, on both sides of the mom spectrum and socioeconomic spectrum, have their BS to complain about that others can’t understand!

This one is a little less offensive to all of you uptight mamas. I will apologize in advance that there is a dad in the video to single moms and that there is a boy and girl in case you are upset that you didn’t get what you wanted. Also, they’re pretty attractive so to those not as good-looking, sorry. It’s really upsetting that they’re rubbing it in our faces!! 😉

Susie 2 years ago

HAHAHAHHA! I think this video is soo funny! Yes, maybe this is a tad exaggerated, but too funny.

I have done both, SAHM and WM. For me, I gave up the big corner office and the climb up the corporate ladder to stay home and raise my own kids. Financially, wasn’t the smartest decision, but I sacrificed my own career for a much bigger investment in my own kids. Both boys were reading books by the age of 2!

Both are very hard jobs and us Mom’s have to stick together! Take the video at face value and just LAUGH people! Geez.

Shirley 2 years ago

I work at a preschool and first time mommies stay in the front offices and cry, while those dropping off their last kid run happily out the door and over to Starbucks and target too!

Rebecca 2 years ago

Oh. My. God. Why can’t I find women like these? All of my friends act like parenting is the best thing that’s ever happened to them and they never want to spend a second without their kids. I almost DIED watching this. Hilarious.

    Rebecca 2 years ago

    Not that I don’t love my kid. I’m just saying going to Target alone would be pretty spectacular….lol.

Katie 2 years ago

This video was so so so funny! I laughed out loud and told all my friends about it. Hilarious! Thank you!!!

morrisonmama 2 years ago

Am I the only SAHM that sometimes feels inadequate that I don’t have a “profession?” Sure I love getting to sleep in during the summer and being the one to raise my kids instead of someone else. But there are times that I feel judged that I’m “only” a SAHM, like I couldn’t cut it in the real world. I do have a degree and I feel like it’s getting wasted, but at least on the flip side, I am happy not to miss these years when they are little. You will never get them back. Oh and I’m going to have a much needed dentist appt. the day my little one starts pre-school.

Think I will swing by Target for a minute though……

    Masa 2 years ago

    Feel ya sister.

Rachel 2 years ago

Sam, (1) you clearly have NO idea what the majority of SAHMs do. (2) The very THING you are upset about (a RIFT between SAHMs and WMs) is also caused by moms like YOU! Most of the SAHMs I know don’t EVER feel they are better or holier than thou! I think YOU may be the issue here and it honestly sounds like a complex. When reading your first comment, I honestly felt sorry for you. You have a lot of bitterness and resentment and I am so sorry. I am so sorry that you were ever treated as if you were lesser because you work outside the home. There are challenges that SAHMs face and challenges that WMs face and they are just different. Neither is better nor worse. It’s all relative, too. Neither side should EVER think that one is better, harder, easier, etc. I am a SAHM and my bestie is a WM and I always tell her “I can’t imagine how hard it would be to do what you do” and she is always telling me “your job is WAY harder than mine.” So, the grass is always greener and we agree to admire each other! Just know that you are doing the BEST that YOU can possibly do as a mom and SO ARE THE REST OF US. That’s all we CAN do. But most importantly, as MOMS, we need to support each other and lift each other up (no matter SAHM or WM)! Not tear each other down for the different lifestyles we lead. Breastfeeding, formula, disposable diapers, cloth diapers, jarred food, homemade food, homeschooling, public school, private school– IT DOESN’T matter! What matters is that we LOVE our children to the BEST of our own abilities and help each other do that! SO, that being said, find some new friends (WMs AND SAHMs that don’t judge) and lighten up!

suze solari 2 years ago

laughed my arse off ‘most perfect back to school’ vid ever; kiddies back in school where they belong, yay!

Pam 2 years ago

I am a teacher so I never get to shop at Target alone!

a. O’block 2 years ago

This is classic example of “the grass is always greener” and possibly “keeping up with the Jones”.
Ladies, everyone does what they choose do to. And most of the time we don’t have a choice. Working isn’t easier, staying at home isn’t easier.. I’ve done both.. We ALL deserve time with girlfriends, a nap, shopping and going to the bathroom alone regardless of whether we work outside of the home or inside the home.. The video shows a celebration, the first day, week after school starts,, Get a grip!,

Angela 2 years ago

That was hilarious and so how it really is! Had me cracking up.

Maureen 2 years ago

So….I see many SAHM vs working mom comments. Have you ever considered working from home to those who are already working? I am a SAHM, a single-Mom, no child support, no extra income. But support my daughter and myself by working very hard at building my nutritional health business. Don’t be upset at someone else. If you want to change your situation, then do it. Don’t be hard on each other.. Fix you first. And it is possible, you just need to learn to get out of your own way and just to it.

Vicky ‘eeby’ Dimmock 2 years ago

As a working mom I just don’t understand how u cud poss have enough money to do this when me and my husband are both working and still struggle… :-( tis a great vid tho… Wish I could do this… If I’m honest I dunno what target is tho… We don’t have it in England…

Faith Belisle 2 years ago

This reminds me if my and my beat friend Meagan so much!!! Live it!!! You lady’s are Fabulous!!!!!!

Jenny 2 years ago

My youngest just started kindergarten and I was feeling sad to see her go… this video really made me laugh and boosted my spirits! Thank you!!!

A 2 years ago

I cannot believe how rude women can be to each other! I have been a SAHM and am currently now a WM and a single parent due to unforeseen life changes. What should be a fun and lighthearted video has been turned into a sad commentary on our society. Not every working mother chooses the path to work outside the home and not every stay at home mom loves every moment of that journey. The bottom line is we are all mothers. We all love our children with every cell in our being. Each of us feels guilty about choices we’ve made, second guess nearly every decision we make and how it will affect our children. We are sisters in motherhood and should be kind and supportive of each other regardless of whether we work outside the home, stay at home, or raise and love children that are not ours by birth.

Jen Connell 2 years ago

Errands, without kids… *sigh*

Laura Davis 2 years ago

Love it!

Carianne Ellsworth Hatch 2 years ago

No matter how much you love your kids this is still so true! Lol

Maria 2 years ago

This is hysterical! Everyone relax and just enjoy it for what it is. A silly video to make us laugh. No one is knocking SAHM or WM, it’s not meant to piss anyone off, it’s just funny.

Patty 2 years ago

I LOVE this video!!!!!!! Fantastic job ladies!!! I would give more praises but I have to go take care of the pool boy, make my nail appointment on time, and buy a new bathing suit before my cruise. Hope to see ya’ll at the bank! :)

wendy 2 years ago

Ha we homeschool so I am with my kids all the time and LOVE it! I actually get to see them grow up and discover things and I am overjoyed to see those ah ha moments when something clicks and they have learned something new. I love watching my kids have a love for learning. Yes there is those days were we need our own space (thank goodness for homeschooling friends) But those are few and far between. I am not saying our lifestyle is for everyone but we love it and would not change being a close family for anything :)

SeeYaKiddo 2 years ago

This video makes you appreciate the little things in life. haha too funny!

Vikki Reich 2 years ago

That made me laugh out loud. Seriously.

Elizabeth Shelton 2 years ago

This is so awesome. Absolutely awesome.

Tia 2 years ago

I’m a teacher so it was back to school for me too! That also means that I was not at home with 3 kids fighting. I got to have recess, lunch, and a little time after school in peace.

Jess 2 years ago

I homeschool and this video was so good at explaining my inner most desires to shop alone I briefly considered enrolling them in school…..

Sharon Webb 2 years ago


Janery Barnes 2 years ago

Super cute video!!! I never fully appreciated this feeling until this year. After working (more than) full time for the last 16 years, I was finally able to make the career change to stay at home mom last April. I used to run my errands during my lunch breaks when I could enjoy solo, quiet time. After the first full summer at home with my kids, I can tell you stay at home parents don’t get lunch breaks to run non-kids-included errands. While I am extremely thankful I get to stay home and focus on my kids, I was just as extremely thankful to buy my groceries on Monday without my kids pulling on my buggy, adding additional items to the basket or my 10 year old saying “Momma” 5,000,000 in the hour long trip!!

Joyce Lewis 2 years ago

If I wasn’t a teacher, I would have enjoyed this more!

Angela Brightman Struebing 2 years ago

I heart Target alone.

Sharon 2 years ago

I will have your children….Monday. HAHA looking forward to it…missed the little buggers!

Mindy Johns 2 years ago

I miss my kids!

Anna 2 years ago

A bunch of us in the neighborhood went out to lunch and had a few lunch drinks

Ronda 2 years ago

I’m wondering where I can order my #solo tank top? Loved the video so much!!!

Anne 2 years ago

School is not a babysitter. If you didn’t want to spend time with your children why did you have them?

Holly 2 years ago

Great video! Now you need to make one at the beach, because that’s what I really do with girlfriends and a little freedom and MAN is a day at the beach different without kids. 😀

Rebecca 2 years ago

Haha!! Great video!! :) I got to jog this morning without a stroller! It felt amazing 😉

Jane Doe 2 years ago

Sadly, because of the age of my kids I didn’t have any change in my regular day. Now my slacker boyfriend that has been complaining about them being home all summer said he pleasured himself on my sofa and watched porn.

Thanks, you are so gone!

stacy 2 years ago

I will probably workout in the morning after drop-off & then pool time all by myself!!

Sara Villarreal Padilla 2 years ago

Lol! I am so the Mommy sleeping on the couch in Target! 😉

bridgettecooper 2 years ago

I’m a ‘Nanny” now. But I told my daughter to do the same thing I did all day. you pay for it tomorrow but worth it. go back to bed, silence your phone, eat all the junk you can stand, , a nice soak in the tub and actually use the bathroom without children screaming ‘mommie’.” Have a great day and just so you know, it works a good day or 2, but again, worth it!

Anastaciya Maslov 2 years ago

LOL !! :)

Stacey 2 years ago

That was brilliant! This year I send my 7th child off to preschool. I’m throwing myself a party. Seriously. I’m inviting all my friends out to lunch to celebrate my liberation! What a funny video!!

Kim Styles Beaty 2 years ago

As a working mom, this video irritates me on so many levels. Sad this is how our generation of moms is viewed.

Crystal Hatch 2 years ago

Bahahaha, ladies, please tell me you’ve seen this… Brian N Cassie Bagomolny Shonta Tracy CarmenDebby

Briana 2 years ago

Geez, the commenters about SAHM vs. working moms need to lighten up. Same for the home schoolers who are “enjoying every minute” while their kids are young (does this mean you literally never want any alone time?). I work full time and my kids are in daycare even in the summertime. So, back to school doesn’t mean this for me either. Still, I think all moms can fully appreciate the joy of going to Target sans kids (especially the bathroom). My unsolicited advice- quit taking yourself so seriously, try to find commonality. Especially for working moms, it takes a village and we are all on the same team and should support each other. Try to have a laugh once in a while. It helps the working mom stress level. The end.

Heather McFarlane 2 years ago

Now that I’ve read through a few comments…… why the fuck does every fucking thing have to turn into a mommy war? Really people???

Heather McFarlane 2 years ago

School doesn’t start until September here in Canada. I already have a trip to Costco WITHOUT THE KIDS scheduled for the first day back. It’ll be awesome. It’s sad what excites me.

Paige Taylor 2 years ago

F-in Awesome.

Karla Bobadilla 2 years ago

My kids started school on Monday…I’ve been to Target twice in three days…this video is hysterical!

cara 2 years ago

Yes! It breaks my heart to see all the back to school stuff because it reminds me that most parents don’t want to be with their kids all day. Homeschooling for the win!

Sarah Tomlinson Ibanez 2 years ago

Angry full time working Moms…. pipe down. I get that you’re pissed feeling left out of this celebration. I’ve been there and worked both sides of the fence (full time working mom and stay at home), We all work hard and get no time to ourselves. Let’s just enjoy this great video! Brilliant!

Sarah Tomlinson Ibanez 2 years ago

Rad. Simply Rad. Well done, ladies! Love your stuff! What happens at Target stays at Target. Bwahaahaa!!!

Allison Stallings Duggan 2 years ago

hahahahah — zoo funny — BEST DAY EVER!!
I love the one taking a nap on the couch! LOL

Nicole Chavez-Moore 2 years ago


Karri Marie 2 years ago

Me too. And the mother.

Robin Logan 2 years ago

So true!!

Jenn 2 years ago

I homeschool. So I don’t get to have that time unless I leave the kiddos with my hubby to go to the store. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Love the video!

momoftwins 2 years ago

HA! So me! Might add in a Pedicure though ! :0

Barrie 2 years ago

Too funny…I loved it! First day of school, I dropped off the kid and headed to the local coffee shop and sat for THREE hours reading a paper and drinking coffee. Then I went home and took a NAP. Pure happiness!

Amy 2 years ago

I am confused. I definitely appreciate the sentiment of enjoying errands kid free. But they are throwing aside diaper bags, giddy about not needing the changing table in the bathroom, and laughing at the lady with the stroller. I thought their freedom here in Target was because school had started. How does school starting free them from baby and toddler responsibilities? How young do kids start kindergarten these days???

Jo 2 years ago

I’m going to the movies!

Lindsey Olson 2 years ago

OMG lol!!

Deirdre Thomey Carlisle 2 years ago

This makes me bitter and jealous as a full time working mom. Boo

Alison 2 years ago

I have a few more years till i celebrate back to school. But i do celebrate when the little one is with grandparents for the day just like that! Love solo target shopping!

Suzanne @AndMyHouse 2 years ago

Last year I made popcorn and watched chick flicks! Woohoo!

Erin Evenson Zmuda 2 years ago

Love it!!

Jack 2 years ago

Dads can be like this too.

Heather Iram Faretra 2 years ago

Working. I’m a teacher :(

Judy @ Late Mommy 2 years ago

Mimosas or Bloody Marys!

Michelle Sweezey 2 years ago


Brit K. 2 years ago

This video made me laugh out loud because my best friend and I actually do go to Target after the kids are off to school the first day of the year. This is our third year doing it. :-)

Erika McDermott 2 years ago

Yes, but 5 days until my newborn arrives. Soaking up my freedom for now though.

Hope E Barker 2 years ago

Haahaa! 😉

Kelly Hall Furgiuele 2 years ago


Rachael Hebert Pavlik 2 years ago

Four more days.. Lord Jesus, yes.

Heather 2 years ago

This.Is.Awesome! I LOVE it 😀

Leatrice Boncardo 2 years ago



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