Me: Wow. That screaming is from my kid. Charlie's going through a new bout of separation anxiety when I bring him to school.
Other Mother: He really sounds unhappy.
Me: Horrible, isn't it? His teacher says he calms down in a few minutes and then has a great time all morning. I think he's just upset because I won't stay when he asks me to. I hate to walk away when he's so upset, but if I stay it just drags on and on and on. Better to leave quickly.
Other Mother: My little girl said she didn't want to come to school on Tuesday. I let her stay home because I didn't have anything planned. I don't think it's worth the battle and heartache.
Other Mother: No reason to upset her when I could just keep her home, you know?
Me: (dripping with sarcasm and about to burst into tears) Well, if I were a better mother, I guess I would do that.