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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?