The Short of It
Have you ever worn your pajamas to school to drop off your kids? This teacher wrote a letter asking all parents to stop.
The head of the UK's Skerne Park Academy in Darlington, Kate Chisholm, had been noticing more and more that parents were wearing pajamas at the school gates for dropoff. But it wasn't until after some parents wore pajamas to the Christmas show and other evening events that she decided to write them a letter about it—as a way to "raise our children's aspirations."
"It just got to the point when I thought 'enough's enough,'" she told BBC News. "I'm not trying to tell people what to do with their lives, but I just think having a really good role model first thing in the morning, getting yourself up, getting yourself dressed, ready for business, out to school is a really good example to set. I'm afraid wearing pajamas going to school, maybe doesn't reinforce that somehow."
Here's what she wrote: "I am sure you will agree that it is important for us all to set a good example about what is appropriate and acceptable in all aspects of life, not only from the point of view of their safety, and general well being but also as a preparation for their own adult life."
Chisholm told the Telegraph that she's had tons of support from the community since the letter went out. "I have had far more positive responses than negative," she said. "If I get the parents on board then we often get the children too and in order to get the best chances for the children we have to raise the bar with the parents... I don't give two hoots how people dress at home; I just think if they're a good role model for their children and want them to get a job and better yourself then they ought to get dressed."
I'm not gonna lie. I have been that parent. There have been plenty of days I've thrown a pair of Ugg boots and a puffy parka over my pajamas to drop my kids off at school. Am I setting a bad example? Or am I just showing my kids that "Hey, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do" to get out the door? Granted, I don't wear them to evening school activities!
What do you think? Should the school be allowed to tell parents how to dress at drop-off? And what's the strangest thing you've ever worn to drop off your kids?