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Back to school is the time of year when kids realize summer is over, shorts weather is coming to a close and homework is on the horizon. It can be a tough transition for little kids who are experiencing being away from home for a full day for the first time and big kids whose days become less about play and more about learning.

How do we honor this monumental change?

With a photo opportunity, of course!

We put on our kids’¬†best new clothes and bright white sneakers, give them a sign to hold with all their hopes and dreams written in chalk and yell, “SAY CHEESE!!!!!”

And then the kids say, “But Moooooooooom….” and a first day photo fail is born.

I asked you guys to submit your kids’ worst back-to-school outtakes for three¬†chances to win a $250 Amex gift card and a prize pack from Mini Babybel¬ģ Cheese.

Here are 44¬†kids who definitely did not want to go back to school…

1) The kid who is really upset summer is over

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2) The kid who thinks summer being over is ALL YOUR FAULT

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3) The kid who wants to spend his days doing anything but school

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4) The kid who is not comfortable with strangers dragging him away on a bus

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5) The kids who wish they were wearing sunglasses

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6) The kid who you wish would take his sunglasses off

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7) The kid who knows homework starts in the second grade

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8) The kid who hates her uniform

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9) The kid who isn’t quite sure what to do with her sign

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10) The kid who doesn’t give a crap about his sign

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11) The kid who hasn’t decided¬†if school is a good thing or bad thing yet

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12) The kid who¬†totally knows it’s a bad thing

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13) The kid who’s like “I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed”

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14) The kid who refuses to smile

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15) The kid who refuses to open her eyes

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16) The kid who would rather be sleeping

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17) The kid who is still sleeping

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18) The kid who doesn’t know what her sisters are smiling about

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19) The kid who dares you to make him leave the house

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20) The kid who really doesn’t want to get in the car

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21) The kid who¬†won’t even turn around for your picture

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22) The kid who thinks you can’t make her go if she disappears into the wall

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23)¬†The kid who is not in the mood to “sparkle” today

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24) The kid hates your sign and everything it stands for

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25) The kid who looks like she is having her mug shot taken

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26) The kid who really wanted the Beauty and the Beast backpack

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27) The kid who is upset she’s the only one not going to school

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28) The kid who really wanted to be included even though she wasn’t going to school

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29) The kid who thought he was going to be the future

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30) The kid who hates everything about this day

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31) The kid who can’t even hold his sign correctly

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32) The kids who both actually smiled, but dad ruined the pic anyway

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33) The kid who wouldn’t take his finger out of his nose

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34) The kid who is definitely getting sent to the principal’s office

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35) And will probably sit down next to the kid on the left

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36) The kid who is questioning all of his life choices

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37) The kid who doesn’t feel very “super” today

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38) The kid who might come after you in your sleep later

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39) The kid who does not want to pick up that backpack

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40) The kid whose life has been totally destroyed

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41) The kid who’s mom totally forgot the sign on the first day and brought it out on the second (aka ME)

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And the three winners are…

42) The kids’ whose mom went all META on them

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43) The kid whose mom named her Felicia just for this moment

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44) The kids who are AWESOME and I hope their mom posted this photo on every social channel possible

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Congratulations! Please contact annie@mommyshorts.com to claim your prizes.

Even if your kids begrudgingly went to school, hopefully they’re in better spirits by the time lunch rolls around.

Screen Shot 2016-09-08 at 12.36.39 PMMini Babybel¬†is an easy, packable lunchbox addition that is a favorite with both kids and parents. It’s 100% natural cheese, perfectly portioned and¬†comes in seven flavors, each with¬†at least 4 grams of protein, 15% of your daily calcium needs and 70 calories or less.

I can tell you that even outside of school, it has become one of Harlow’s favorite go-to snacks. You have no idea how happy I am that when Harlow gets into one of her “I’m hungry but I don’t know what I want” moods, I’ve got a surefire option with Mini Babybel.

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I think it’s unwrapping the wax that intrigues her the most, but if that’s what gets her to eat a good source¬†of calcium and protein, that works for me!

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This post was sponsored by Mini Babybel but all school-hating kids are your own.