What Kind of Mom Forgets First Day Of School Photos?

Ahhh, the sweet, sweet sound of no one running his mouth non-stop about exploding volcanoes or portals or netherworlds. The moment we’ve all been waiting for is upon us; Back to school. But I have to say as much as I complained about being in lock down with my kids for weeks on end, the final countdown of summer was really quite nice.

Look, I’m as surprised as anybody. Who knew I could actually enjoy spending time with my kids? But they’re turning into some pretty entertaining people, and, miraculously, they really didn’t annoy me all that much. On the first day, I found myself feeling unusually calm and confident.

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Having procured the million and one items on the list of school supplies, gone back-to-school shopping for the latest fashions, bought new backpacks and lunchboxes, secured the correct gym attire, found combination locks for the school lockers, and gotten everybody, myself included, ready on time, I felt rather proud, poised and competent for what may have been the first time in my life. I’d actually managed to do it all. I was a marvel to behold. Until… I stepped out onto my front porch, where my mad skillz and self-esteem where promptly smashed to bits.

The entire world was already gaily skipping down the street to school – early – and my neighbor across the street was in the middle of conducting a photo shoot on her front lawn.

Goddamn it, I thought, surveying the scene from the spot on the porch where I stopped short. I’m supposed to take pictures.

Um, so I forgot to take pictures of my kids on the first day of school. They’ve been going to school for like five years now so… I’m good. I mean how many first day of school pictures do you really need?

Then I thought better of it. Good parents are always trying to show me up, and I just couldn’t have it. Not this year. But I’d already locked the front door with my iphone inside, and I couldn’t jeopardize my perfect timing on the first day.

As my brain raced for a solution, it hit me. There was one person who’d never be caught without her cell phone.

I turned to my daughter and said, “Hand over your phone. I want to get a picture of you and your brother on the first day.” She swiftly presented her phone and the two assembled in front of the steps.


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At that, my son made a variety of angry faces and generally refused to cooperate so I couldn’t even get a nice photo by which to recall and cherish this special moment.

The important thing, though, is that I did get a picture.

Because what kind of mom would forget to take a picture of her kids on the first day of school?


About the writer


Stacey Gill is an award-winning journalist, mastermind behind the humor blog, One Funny Motha, and co-author of the parenting humor anthology, I Still Just Want to Pee Alone. Her work has appeared on such sites as The Huffington Post, BlogHer, Mom365, Today’s Mama, The Good Men Project and Mommyish. In 2014 she was named one of the Top 10 Funny Parent Bloggers of the Year by VoiceBoks. Perhaps most importantly, she is the proud founder of the Detached Parenting Movement, a child-rearing model she single-handedly developed without any guidance or advanced degrees in child psychology. Currently, she’s at work on a memoir based on this theory. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.


Sheila Johnson 2 years ago

Me… that would be me

Di Dawson 2 years ago

My Mom didn’t take ANY first day of school pics if me or my sister. And guess what? Everything is great lol Don’t sweat the small stuff, and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. 😀

Janice Nichols 2 years ago

I had my 6th grader tasks a selfie…

Kristi Campbell 2 years ago

Our first day (and by “our” I guess I really mean “our” instead of that annoying “our” but anyway) is tomorrow. Am I really supposed to make a sign? Sigh. I LOVE YOUR PHOTO!

Georgia Evans 2 years ago

Hey!! When you love your kids there is always a picture in your heart forever, and that is all that matters.

Kimberly Wade Johnson 2 years ago

I took great 1st day of school pics then when I got home realized I forgot to put the damn memory card in! We have 2nd day of school pics this year.

The Next Step 2 years ago

I have yet to get a first day of school picture. My oldest is going into 2nd grade on Tuesday, and my mom is visiting, so SHE might get one, but the closest I have come is the picture of my daughter waiting for the bus (that we missed) on the day of Kindergarten orientation. Which was a week before school actually started. I remembered to get a picture about a week into school when she was in 1st grade. And the twins got pictures about a month into preschool. But yeah, I’ve managed to forget on each actual first day of school.

Michelle Frittitta Adams 2 years ago

You need these pics and many more. There will always be the teacher that assigns projects requiring pics from every conceivable moment. Make sure to take several family group pics as well. Some should be verical, some horizontal, don’t forget a close-up.

Michelle Frittitta Adams 2 years ago

There’s the 1st day of school and there’s the 1st “real” day of school. Our first day is a gentle coaxing into their new school/system (not even sure if they meet their teachers). Does it really count? I will never be the mom who takes the pics outside. Seriously, isn’t the grass wet at that hour? In front of the fridge is plenty good.

Tera Gellerson 2 years ago

seriously…I was always thrilled if I could feed them AND get them to school on time, now I gotta take their damn picture too!!??!!

Marnie Chan Demeterio 2 years ago

My neighbor does it at the bus stop and texts pictures to the rest of us rotten mothers…

Pattie 2 years ago

You are like me! I always forget to take a picture until after the fact and then it’s too late to un-eat the dessert, or un-drink the bottle of wine. Or sadly, redo the 1st day of school. I think though, that in the big scheme of things, living the moment rather than staging the moment (for a picture) makes for better memories.

Kathy Radigan 2 years ago

I love this post! This is so me! I have been seeing everyone’s FB statuses with beautiful pictures of smiling children with signs saying what grade they are in and I marvel at this! I’m lucky if I get a shot of the kids backs as they get on the school bus!! Nice to know I’m not the only one! :)

Rebecca Louise Herbunot 2 years ago

I hardly take a back to school pic if I do remember it’s like week 2 lol

hbombmom 2 years ago

All I can think of is how much parents are missing behind the phone/camera/tablet when they should just be enjoying the moment.

Lala 2 years ago

Yesterday most of my pictures were blurry except after we finally made it to the classroom lol I had to really stop racing and take a proper picture. KG1-1st day, in Dubai. Went GREAT!

Keri Taylor 2 years ago

Me I forgot them with one leaving for school at 720 and the other at 840 it was the farthest thing from my mind

Carrie Bradley 2 years ago

Lol mine did

Jennifer Sheldrake 2 years ago

I don’t know what’s become of us! Our parents didn’t do this haha

Vicci B. Chuc 2 years ago

I don’t take them except for Kindergarten! That’s it, that’s all no more than that.

Rachel 2 years ago

I took one of my kids on their first day of a new school. They get a school portrait in their first year, and a class photo each year. Last year I had one of them all together as it was their only year at school together ever. I might do one in their last year at school (if they will let me)

In this day and age we take so many photos of our kids that I think its kind of irrelevant if one was taken on the first day of school each year. We already have a massive record of them growing up. Kids today are over photographed (mine included) – & who looks back at all those photos that often?

lol bah humbug – haven’t had caffeine yet :-)

Synthony Tregoning 2 years ago

Lol you’re not “supposed” to do anything. If you want to, then do it, if you don’t, don’t do it and don’t make others feel dumb for not doing it your way.

Britanie Myers 2 years ago

I almost forgot too. And my son is only in preschool. And I’m a photographer. So…. I took a couple quick pictures with my phone.

Julie Harris Ericson 2 years ago

My friends and I never had first day of school pics taken. I guess moms figured that was what school pictures were for. Of course it was the 70s. Now we have to photograph everything apparently.

melinda 2 years ago

I have a friend that takes a photo on the first and last day of school to see how they changed over the year

Sarah Hord 2 years ago

My mom took them of us even in college (if we lived at home) just to annoy us. It was actually kind of sweet. I’m doing the same to my kids!


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