Who needs a nutritious breakfast or minty fresh breath? One mom’s viral post reminds us of all the rules parents give up to get to school on time.

By Marisa Cohen
August 29, 2017

When Florida mom Nikki Pennington posted this photo of her car, piled high with half-empty water bottles, Dr. Pepper cans, food wrappers, and random scraps of garbage, she called it an ode to “hot mess school moms” who don’t have time to tidy up before dropping their kids off at school in the morning. Of course, the post went viral, with other parents either car-shaming her or applauding her honesty.

All we can say is, Nikki, we’ve been there. Even parents who keep their cars spotless (or don’t have a car!) will admit that something’s gotta give in the rush each morning to get their zombie-like kids dressed, fed, and off to class ready to learn. Here are some other morning rituals that get put on the back-burner in the back-to-school rush.

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