Feel like an awful parent

Kelsey - posted on 07/29/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Today I went to pick my daughter up from school, and well decided to take a quick cat nap. One of the cross guards knocked on my window to tell me to pull up, well if that wasn't bad enough my suv was on the sidewalk while i was driving, by the time i realized it and drove off I was already feeling embarrassed. I then called me little one to the car and the lady who tapped my window was asking if i could drive and if i was okay, i told her yes i was fine and had been running on zero sleep due to my hands being full with my son.

she then went to get the principal who asked me the same questions and released my daughter to me.

i know that they were looking out for my daughter, but boy did i feel so judged, embarrassed, and humiliated. now my fiance is saying the will be watching our little one like a hawk for a good while, which i don't mind but i cant get over the embarrassment and shame

how can i move past this

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/29/2015

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I agree with Sarah. The school folks see this more often than you realize, and since it was a deviation from the 'norm' for you, they checked on you to make sure all was OK.
Most likely, this will have all blown over by the next school pickup.

Sarah - posted on 07/29/2015

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I have to pick up my kids often and the school is across town, one time I had shopped or something and was an hour early. Rather than park in the lot, I parked in the street a few blocks from the school so I could be in the shade. I fell asleep and woke up to the police knocking on my car window to see if I was alright! Geez, talk about embarrassing! I can only imagine me sitting there with my mouth hanging open and someone thinking I was dead!

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Sarah - posted on 07/29/2015

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What seems like this awful huge show to you will be forgotten by most people tomorrow.

Kelsey - posted on 07/29/2015

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thank you ! im well rested i just havent caught a nap in ages :), thats thing i wasnt fully on the sidewalk i when i pulled up i didnt angle the car right so the front was on the sidewalk but i couldnt reverse because i had people behind me so i had to pull all the way up. i dont mind them watching us like hawks its just embarssing

Sarah - posted on 07/29/2015

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You are not the first mother to catch a few winks in the car waiting for her kid. I have done that before. However, driving when you are sleep deprived is dangerous, so please get some rest.
Why were you on the sidewalk? That part I don't quite understand.
As far as feeling embarrassed, or feeling like you are under scrutiny, try to let it go. You are human, we are make mistakes. In a few days it will all be history. If the school wants to keep an eagle eye on your child, let them. If you've got nothing to worry about, they will realize that in short order Stop beating yourself up.

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