Written by Emily There’s a school photo floating around the internet of an irritated boy in his pjs because someone mixed up Picture Day and Pajama Day. I feel for the kid; I really do. But I feel for the adults in his life, too. I may or may not have mixed up Pajama Day and Ice Cream Social Day. Chloe may or may not have gone to school in a robe, sunshine jammies, and slippers when the rest of her classmates were fully dressed. I’m grateful there wasn’t a camera on the scene, not because Chloe cared one bit, but because I’m the negligent parent. Her teacher and I had a little chuckle about it in the hallway at pick-up, but I’m sure she made a note about me in her file. It read: IDIOT. I discovered an Etsy seller called BeThereInFive, who makes doormats with three simple reminders: turn off the curling iron, turn off the straightener, did you remember lunch? Great idea. I’d like to see a line of doormats specifically designed to help parents. There are entirely too many special days, special events, and papers to sign to keep it all straight. I think a reminder mat at every doorway in the house might do the trick. This handy mat could cut down on hasty permission slip signatures in the school parking lot when the only writing implement is the butt end of a chewed crayon. Or maybe not. Just keep a chaperone bag in the trunk of the car. Make sure you have sunscreen, snacks, wipes, tissues, spare change, and your sanity in there. Everyone needs a holiday mat. The answer is yes. It’s always yes. Perhaps a nifty mat would spare a few kids the embarrassment of having their mothers rub spit all over their faces to remove yogurt mustaches or toothpaste residue. Probably. It’s just banana. We hope. Why not? We’re the only people in the house that will really appreciate a few minutes of exile. We deserve it.