It’s back-to-school season, and this Ohio mom’s routine takes the cake.
Every year, mom-slash-comedian Leslie Brooks, 44, of Columbus, takes hilarious photos with her three kids to commemorate the beginning of the school year.
This year, she put on a rainbow tutu, a unicorn headband and acted as if she were physically dragging her kids, 14-year-old Leah, 13-year-old Caroline and 9-year-old Drew, out of the house.
“These pictures are just in good fun,” Brooks told InsideEdition.com. “I actually really dread back to school. … I just want to soak up as much time with them as I can.”
She explained it all started in 2013, when her kids were a lot younger and only starting to get used to the back-to-school routine.
“Our summers were very busy – early mornings and constantly on the go,” Brooks said. “When we went outside to wait for the bus on the first day of school, my husband joked that it would be funny if I was jumping for joy while they kids looked mad that they had to go back to school.”
It quickly became an annual tradition with friends and family singing their praises, and the kids looking forward to the photo shoot.
“When my girls were younger I think they were a little embarrassed to be standing in the front yard taking these silly pictures, but they still wanted to do them,” she said. “Now Leah actually thinks I’m kind of a 'cool mom' and Caroline has so much fun helping with the concept and props.”
She said she gets inspiration for their annual photo shoot from her kids, and is looking forward to continuing the tradition in the many years to come.
“I hope one day they’ll look back and get a good laugh at these pictures,” Brooks said.