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Notice during the “tack scene” in the principal’s office, Helen is not holding Jack Jack:

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Then, in the next scene, while Dash is begging to play sports, Jack Jack is quietly sitting in the back seat:

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As far as we know, the Parrs had no friends (presumably b/c they were superheroes in hiding) and did not use a babysitter. (Kari did not come along till Violet hired her to watch Jack Jack so she and Dash could hitch a ride on the Jet.)

Helen is a very loving, protective mother; so where was Jack Jack while she was in the principal’s office?

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I know school office staff who would be delighted to look after / dote-on a baby for a few minutes whilst you talk to the Principal. – iandotkelly Jun 26 '12 at 15:30
Probably a movie goof - – OrionDarkwood Jun 26 '12 at 15:58
@iandotkelly - I agree. My wife went to her hairdresser the other day and the receptionists were only too happy to look after our daughter while mom had her hair done. – System Down Jun 26 '12 at 18:31
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I'd say that iandotkelly actually answered this in the comments.

The most likely thing that happened is that Helen had someone in the receptionist office watch Jack Jack while the principal had a serious discussion with her about Dash, since babies can be very distracting to such a talk. It's quite common for parents to bring their younger kids with them to parent teacher conferences. This probably wasn't shown or animated because it's such a normal thing for parents that it wouldn't even register that Jack Jack isn't with her.

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