Back when my kids were in elementary school and I was allowed to get out of the car, I put a little effort into my morning drop-off attire for school. I even brushed my teeth and put on makeup.
But since my oldest daughter started high school last fall and we have to leave the house at the insane time of 6:50 every morning, that’s changed. I usually roll out of my house still wearing the jammie pants I wore to bed, my comfy slippers and an old T-shirt. If I’m feeling formal, I may put on a bra.
In my defense, it’s still pretty dark by the time I get my daughter to school at 7 a.m.(ish). Plus, neither my daughter nor the school wants me getting out of that car. Ever. I know that if I were to attempt it, there would be a Code Red lockdown and a mad dash for cover.
And that’s just my daughter’s reaction.
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My days of walking her to her classroom are over.
Broward School Board member Rosalind Osgood thinks parents like me are setting a bad example. She wants parents to put more effort into looking presentable when we show up at school.
"If we're going to train little boys and little girls to dress appropriately at school, no sagging pants, no hair curlers, no short shorts. Parents should follow the same rules," she complained during a public discussion last week. She wants to hold a forum about the issue in September.
With all the big issues plaguing public schools these days – high poverty rates, language barriers, classroom crowding, guns – there should be bigger concerns than parents in their PJs in school pick-up lines.
As a parent, my morning responsibility is to get my child to school on time. If I do that, does it really matter if I’m wearing a tennis outfit or the little black dress left over from the night before? I agree that butt cheeks and cleavage are better kept under cover. But don’t begrudge me if I don’t have time before dawn to sparkle.
Schools have dress codes for students because they spend the entire day there. My fuzzy bunny slippers will not interfere with their learning.
Are my jammie pants lowering your test scores?
Maybe if our kids didn’t have a crazy amount of homework each night, we parents would have more time to thoughtfully set out our clothes for the next morning.
I’ll rely on my own fashion police to know whether I’ve crossed the line or not. She’s 15 years old. She’s pretty strict. And she can send me skulking back into the house in search of a new outfit with just one comment.
“You’re not leaving the house dressed like that, are you?”