8 Reasons Why Your Kid Is Late For School

Ah, weekday mornings. They’re always hectic at my house, no matter how well I’ve prepared the previous evening (I usually am not well-prepared, but let’s pretend). Little kids are unpredictable and there are so many things that can go awry in the typical morning while getting ready for school. It is honestly a miracle my kids aren’t let every single day but let’s chalk that up to my intense need to get them on the bus so I can work in peace and quiet. Nothing motivates a mom like that goal. Here are some of the reasons your kid might be late for school:

1. They Had To Poop



Lord, this happens way too much at my house. It’s like my son’s poops give him no warning whatsoever. We’ll be halfway to the bus stop and suddenly, it won’t wait another moment. He’s five years old, there’s nothing I can do, but it is super irritating when I have to drive them in all because of a few surprise turds.

2. Their Socks Were Too Bunchy



So many kids are fussy about what they wear. I fight both of mine about their shoes, socks, whether it’s warm enough to wear shorts — you name it. Wardrobe battles are a huge time-suck in the morning.

3. You Fed Them The Wrong Breakfast

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Sometimes, a cereal bar and a banana just aren’t enough but the waffles might put you over your allotted get-ready time. They need full bellies to learn, right? UGH.

4. They Slept In

sloth tired


I’ll admit — this one’s totally foreign to me. My kids are early birds. But I have heard of the mythical child that sleeps so late they occasionally end up missing the bus. These kids are basically unicorns to me. I want.

5. They Woke Up Too Early

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My son has a nasty 5 am wake-up habit. Sometimes, this results in an exhausted meltdown by 8:30 when the bus is about to arrive. SIGH.

6. They Forgot About Homework

too much work


My daughter is generally good about her homework but at times, we have a math worksheet that goes unnoticed and must be completed at dawn. This also happens with forgetting the night before that it’s library day and then, we’re on a hunt for a book.

7. They Fell In A Puddle

kid in puddle


Just this past month, my daughter tumbled into a mud puddle on the walk to the bus stop and we had to change her pants and socks. We ended up making it to the bus on time, again, propelled by my desire to pawn off my children on the public school system for as long as I’m able.

8. They Barfed



Sometimes, kids barf for reasons that have nothing to do with being sick. They choke on something or smell something gross and before you know it, puke time. That being said, puking and fevers are the top reasons to keep kids home from school so when this happens with my kids, it’s a waiting game to see if it’s harmless barf or sick barf. Good times, everyone should be a parent.

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