When Katlyn Whittenburg was asked why she was seven minutes late to school drop-off, she didn't hold back.
Mornings can be quite hectic for parents on school weeks, often making them late to drop their kids off. There are unending tantrums, mood swings, chores and more to navigate while attempting to get one’s kid to school on time in a presentable manner. However, schools prefer that parents drop their kids off on time as it would help them stick to their schedule. This, however, inevitably adds to the stress parents experience.
Mom Katlyn Whittenburg–who goes by @katlyn.whittenburg on TikTok–hilariously called out the school policy that requires parents to explain why they were even a few minutes late at drop-off. While she set the stage, fellow parents joined the rant with amusing yet honest reasons to share!
“I was seven minutes late dropping my 5-year-old at school today and when you come in late, you have to tell them why.” The mom then acknowledged that being extremely late, like “40 minutes,” requires an explanation and is bound to have a valid reason. However, she couldn’t believe that she had to give reasons for being a few minutes late with a toddler. “What do you want me to say?” Whittenburg asked before she shared the most honest yet dreadfully hilarious reasons. “Because I cannot? Because they won’t? Because damn. Because hell. Because my daughter painted a mural with toothpaste this morning and I apparently had to support the art.”
“What do you mean why? All the other parents put traffic,” Whittenburg sarcastically said, knowing that it was these bizarre toddler things that made parents late. “I was late this morning because my 5-year-old didn’t want to wear her coat. She wanted to wear an unsanctioned bee costume,” Whittenburg added. She also mentioned that the one line given for parents to fill out their reasons is not enough to add the ridiculous mornings they go through with their dramatic toddlers before drop-off. “If you wanna know in detail, Imma just write, ‘See attachment’ and carry a file with all the reasons why.”
With 1 million views, over 131k likes and 4k comments, parents resonateed deeply with Whittenburg and her baffling situation. Many parents cited the most uproaring and chucklesome reasons, which no one would agree to except almost every parent with a toddler. Right from ‘Bottles’ to ‘Breakfast’ to simply ‘No,’ one could surely tell that the parents were venting their exhausted hearts out.
@amandapanda8675309 said, “I wrote, ‘Unscheduled parenting required.’” @ninjafarts123 said, “I’ve written thrice, ‘She didn’t want to be here.’” Parents kept adding to the reasons and one can’t help but fall off their seats laughing.
@grey.duck wrote, “The sleeve was touching his wrist.” Quite a real reason when it comes to toddlers. @pudgyunicorn103 said, “Life is hard, okay, I’m trying.” @izzaboo12, who is presumably a teacher, shared her perspective of having to read the bizarre and honest comments. She said, “Seriously, we love reading the reasons. One parent wrote, ‘Grandma couldn’t get it together.’”
Even adults pitched in, remembering their childhood school days and tantrums and nostalgically wrote, “My mom would write down car problems because one time we weren’t in the car and that was a problem.” @thesoutherngothick hilariously wrote, “I was sick one morning and wrote, ‘Mom’s stomach was wrecked, kids can’t drive cars.’”
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