The first day of school is always so exciting. We're so happy to see the kids headed back to school for a new year, making new friends and learning new skills. But back-to-school has a dark side.

6 Worst Parts of Back-to-School in CNY

Fundraisers - Cookie dough. Candles. Chocolate. Popcorn. The school year has barely begun and the kids have each brought home some kind of fundraising form. We get it - school activities need a little financial assistance, but how many candles can you ask your co-workers to buy?

Homework Frustrations - Have the homework tears started in your house yet? When the kids are younger, parents can almost start to dread homework time - does anybody understand the new math questions? As the kids get older, they can handle their homework, but you might find yourself running to Walmart at 10pm for a piece of poster board they need for a project due tomorrow.

Crazy Busyness - You've got two kids to pick up from athletic practice, another to drop off at music lessons, dinner to make, a PTA meeting and...you're sure you're forgetting something. Gone are the (relatively) lazy summer days where waffles passed as dinner and there was no where you HAD to be.

Missing the Kids - Admit it: it was a little bit of a relief when the kids got on the bus the first day of school. Now though, the house is a little too quiet and when you get home from work, you have no time to spend with the kids.

Pets are Sad - Back-to-school isn't just tough on you, it's also hard on our furry friends, who are used to having someone home all day. When school is back in session, their all-day cuddling, petting, ball-throwing fun is over.

Friend Drama - Once the kids get back together the friend drama goes up a notch...or ten. It's hard to keep track of who isn't speaking to whom and what parent wants to see their own child shedding a tear over broken friendships or bullying. This is a tough one.

Did we miss anything? What do you think is the worst part of back-to-school?


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