No more teachers, no more books … mom Jennifer Hatmaker’s blog post, about end-of-school-year fatigue, has gotten her plenty of looks.
Why all the love? Apparently because other parents hate the grating demands of school at this time of year, too. “Moms, remember how you packed innovative and nutritional lunches and laid clothes out the night before and labeled shelves for each child’s work and school correspondence and completed homework in a timely manner?” Hatmaker wrote. (And she had to do all this stuff times five, since she has five kids!).
“I tapped out somewhere in April and at this point, it is a miracle my kids are still even going to school. I haven’t checked homework folders in three weeks, because, well, I just can’t.”
Her words earned Hatmaker, who lives in Austin, a stint on the Today show’s couch, where she confessed her viral post didn’t really shock her. “I think I speak for most of us. As we sort of careen into May and into June, we all care about our kids, we all care about education, but honestly, somewhere around end of April, early May, we’re kind of over it,” she told the show’s anchors.
“So it was just that fatigue of the onslaught of emails and parties and trips and end-of-year letters—it’s endless. So I just said, oh, we’ve got to stop the madness.”