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Parents Share Before-And-After Shots Of Their Kids On The First Day Of School

After one day, they’re already defeated.

The first day of school is always a hopeful one. You head out of your front door on a beautiful summer’s day, dressed in your new clothes knowing that anything is possible. As you walk down the sidewalk you tell yourself, “This is the year I’m going to get it right. Perfect attendance, straight A’s new friends — it’s going to be the best year yet!” Then life happens. You’re stuck sitting next to a kid you don’t like, the teacher never noticed when you raised your hand, and some jerk spilled milk on your new shirt.

This week, a Redditor started a thread asking parents to share before-and-after photos of their kids on the first day of school. The story’s always the same: They send ‘em off clean, bright-eyed, and hopeful, and they return exhausted and disheveled. Welcome to the real world, kiddo!


He started so full of hope.

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She’ll never be the same.

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On the first day of school, he had a soul. On the second day, he was just another cog in the machine.

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First day of school versus second day.

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Existential crisis on the preschool rug.

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