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The Pajama Bottom Problem

Let me start this post off by saying that I am all for schools enacting dress codes. I have no problems with the schools that have banned make-up and have minimum length requirements for skirts and shirts. Maybe I sound like a crotchety old lady, but kids, especially girls, these days dress way too provocatively. Even the loosest girls I knew didn’t dress half as bad as a lot of good girls do today.

It drives me crazy. And just thinking that in ten years my daughter will be out there sends me into a panic attack. But there is one dress code issue that is starting to pop up in high schools here in the U.S. that I can’t get behind.

The banning of pajamas bottoms.

That’s right, the trend of wearing pajama pants at school is becoming so popular that some schools are trying to ban them.

Commissioner Michael Williams in Louisiana’s Caddo Parish, which encompasses Shreveport, is getting national attention for such a ban. He is planning to propose an ordinance outlawing the wearing of pajamas in public. “The moral fiber in America is dwindling away,” Mr. Williams says. “It’s pajamas today; what is it going to be tomorrow? Walking around in your underwear?” Ok, here is my problem. Mr. Williams, kids are ALREADY walking around in their underwear. Thong underwear that shows above their low riding short shorts or mini-skirts. And boys falling out of their baggy pants are already showing their boxer briefs to the world.

I’m sorry, but as a mom, if I’m going to worry about my child going to school either looking like a Kardashian or looking like she’s wearing clothes, even if those clothes are pajama bottoms, guess which one I’m going to worry about? Are schools not suffering enough? Are kids not plagued with enough issues today? You couldn’t pay me a million dollars to be a teenager today. And we’re going to give them hell about wearing pajama bottoms?

Which, ahem, we’re not exactly innocent of either. Because according to this post at BabyCenter there are actually schools who have already BANNED PARENTS FROM WEARING PAJAMA PANTS WHEN DROPPING OFF THEIR KIDS. Seriously? I don’t exactly wear my pajama pants to school, but I have no problem wearing my stretch pants and a baggy hoodie when I drop my kids off. After all, I’m going to be working out AFTER I drop them off anyway. There are parents at my school who have no problem dropping off in slippers and PJs (I’ve even witnessed a bathrobe drop-off). And yes, sometimes I can’t help but roll an eye here or there. But in reality, who cares?

What kind of schools are worried about kids or parents wearing pajama bottoms to school?

My daughter would never wear pajamas to school. My son would, and has a teacher who doesn’t mind if he does, but he is too concerned that his favorite pajama bottoms will get holes in them while playing at school, so he doesn’t. But I would let him if he wanted to.

The last time I checked we were in the midst of a serious education crisis, girls are being sexualized in the media, education, and it’s causing a long chain of negative effects. Is now the time to really focus on the pajama bottom problem?

  • Ann

    I'm with you on this one! I did wear my pajama bottoms to the grocery store one lazy Saturday. The looks I got kept me from ever doing it again! Kids are a different story, though.

  • Cindi

    "Amen!" I can remember every day in junior high, standing up on a high place in the gym.
    Then, they would measure our skirts/dress from our knees up. It was a nuisance then and
    school was such a different story than it is now. ( I am over 50 )…
    I really like this article…
    Many thanks, Cindi

  • giveawayhound

    I think banning them is going too far, and banning parents from wearing them is just insane!

  • Peter Schott

    I guess someone made an inappropriate choice of PJ bottoms one day – some could definitely be against a dress code. Overall with most of the PJ bottoms I've seen, I'd say they're acceptable. I would tend to not be in favor of the ones with writing on the bottoms, but I'm not really a fan of those in the first place.

    Totally agree with the rest, though. On the whole, PJ bottoms are not at the top of my list of immodest clothing. I wish that could be the case, though.

  • http://playandlearnwithdana.blogspot.com/ Dana Prince

    Honestly I'm not crazy about kids wearing pajama bottoms to school but I don't feel they should ban them.

  • Victoria

    As long as kids are actually showing up to school I don't see a problem with them wearing pajama pants. They should be able to wear the pajama pants because they are totally covered unlike some other outfits. If schools make an issue of wearing pajama pants, that's what can be distracting to the students. School issues with dress codes are always distracting to students. When I was in school a kid was forced to turn his t-shirt inside out because it was inappropriate. It was true that he shouldn't have been wearing it but I didn't notice his shirt until he was forced to turn it inside out. Although it was a different situation than pajama pants, my point is that the schools are creating even more drama sometimes. Especially, when it comes to something as silly as banning pajama pants. If the pajama wearing kids are learning and present then that's what matters!

  • http://thethreeunder.com Farrah

    I agree- this is pretty petty to focus on. I taught at a high school and personally I thought the teen pregnancy rates were a bit more alarming…but what do I know.

  • tamar

    i probably overdress my son. collared shirts.. everyone else wears tees or non-collared ones. but i want him to look good especially as i was always a lazy dresser.

  • Susan Smith

    I don't like the idea of kids wearing pajama bottoms to school, I would never let mine and they wouldn't want to.

  • Teresa Moore

    The school system here went to uniform dress code several years ago here. They can still wear blue jeans but even they have to look a certain way. I worked on one of the high school properties before the dress code was enacted and I saw everything including pajama bottoms, but also a lot worse. I was shocked last year when I took my daughter to kindergarten and saw parents in pajama bottoms and no shoes walking there kids into the school. Granted, I go without my makeup most mornings, ugh, I would not want to be seen in my pj's!

  • Adrienne gordon

    I don't like it at all, there has to be some level of dressing respectability in schools.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1621009497 Maa Bha

    I don't like to see kids in Pj bottoms at school but banning them seems a bit much!

  • Wilma P

    I don't like the idea of kids wearing PJ bottoms to school. It seems a bit lazy to me. I wouldn't let my kid out of the house in them.

  • Shirley

    I think there are more important problems at schools. But I don't like the pyjama bottom for school either.

  • Erica C.

    I hate pajamas at school! Dress for success!

  • Iliana Blair

    Seems a passing fad.. our school banned them but had once a month let the kids wear them and seemed to be okay with that rule.

  • elizabeth_2001.Macie.Rox…LOL

    I am doing a report on wearing pajama pants to school and I think that we SHOULD be able too. I have some very good reasons. I put they are no diif. from sweats, cheerleaders get to wear short skirts, and they are warm and cozy :) I really think that my argument is really going to work.