I realise this whole Back to School focus must be wearing thin for those of you whose little darlings have already been back long enough to have already scuffed the toes of their very expensive school shoes, but tomorrow is the big day in my neck of the woods, so bear with me.
Because I need to ask a question; does anyone else feel like the whole staggered-start to the first term of school or nursery is deliberately intended to send you demented?
No? Just me? Ok, I thought as much.
But then I am *that* mum who sent her kids into school on an inset day because she doesn't check the school bags regularly enough to keep track of changes to the school calendar. And who only realised her error when her friends started posting pictures on social media of their kids enjoying their extra day off. (Yeah, sorry about that again, kiddos.)
So, yes, I fully expect to be shouted down by scores of teachers and more diligent parents reading this who will tell me that staggered starts are for the benefit of the children and that I should be putting their needs beyond my own self-interest and desire for a simple life.
But I still wish schools would do away with the whole staggered start thing and just find a way to manage the melee of a whole class full of bewildered kids all getting to grips with their first day at the same time. Too much to ask? Probably. But wouldn't it be nice to know whether you're coming or going as the new school terms gets underway?
For the first time in my parenting life I am about to have three kids at three different schools and that's a logistical nightmare I'm just not quite able to wrap my head around. Factor in needing to consult my diary for the first three weeks' of my youngest child's school term to ascertain what time she's supposed to be where, and it's surely no wonder that I already feel like my head is fried before the term has even begun.
That said, my youngest's school is actually going about the whole staggered-start thing in a very sensible fashion compared with how her brothers' school handled things way back when. Let's just say there were literally months of me dashing back and forth to the school gates several times a day at one stage – and don't even get me started on the years where one child's day finished thirty minutes earlier than his brother's. I could have written a novel in the hours I spent killing time between those pick ups.
My tongue is firmly in my cheek, of course. I know that teaching staff do a cracking job and that I ought to be grateful for their commitment to my child's needs and their willingness to carefully plan the start of school so as to best prepare my special little snowflake for all that is ahead.
I suppose I just wish someone would staple the schedule to my forehead to reduce the chances of me ending up in the wrong place at the wrong time at some stage over the next few weeks. Although - let's face it - not even that would likely save me.
But what's your view on this? Do you share my fear that you'll be the lone parent standing in the school playground at the wrong time or - worse - the one who doesn't turn up at the right time during your child's staggered start to nursery?
Or are you a terribly organised parent who thinks this is all pure nonsense and I should just sort myself out for back to school season without complaint? Leave us a comment below or join the debate over on our Facebook page.