Finding Your Fall Rhythm

Moms Have No Excuse for Dressing Like Slobs at School Dropoff

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I am about to bring up a subject that will make me pretty unpopular, but I can’t help it. Please, moms, pretty please ... do not wear Hello Kitty pajamas to school dropoff this year. It’s not cute ... not even on your little girl (unless it’s pajama day, then it’s adorable). 

Why do you avoid getting dressed like you avoid the scale after a vacation week of bingeing on candy and carbs? Why? It’s not that big of a deal. (A quick seven-pound gain is scary ... been there.) Let me tell you something: It takes the same amount of effort to slip on a pair of leggings, a nice top, and boots as it does to put on sweatpants, a hoodie, and sneakers. Really, it does. Oh, except the boots zip and the sneakers tie, so I will save you precious time. And you will look damn good at drop-off.

While I am at it, comb your hair, splash your face with water, and — if you really want to make me happy — brush your teeth. You can do it. I am talking five minutes of your time so you don’t make the teachers wince on the first day. I see their faces. They smile through your horrible morning breath, nonchalantly touching their nose every few minutes for a break from the stench. They avoid staring at the crusty sleep that took up residence in the corner of your eye overnight. They ignore the fact that your yoga pants are beyond stretched out from skipping too many dates with the washing machine. (Newsflash: You’re not fooling anyone that you are wearing more than one pair.) Our teachers shouldn’t have to possess these talents. They shouldn’t have to break out their flatirons in the morning because the smell of poop smeared on your diaper bag will give them an insta-perm. They're there to educate our kids, to give them the skills they need to succeed ... not play dirty dodgeball with their unkept moms.

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Your kids are immaculate. Fashion-forward. Manicured. Groomed. You bribe them as needed to brush their teeth. Their backpacks are stocked, their lunches wholesome, their school supplies are all there. You get it done. Now it’s time to show your kids that you don’t just care about them ... that you matter, too. 

Can we all agree that we have a little time in the mornings to make ourselves look presentable? That there’s no reason to literally roll out of bed and into the car? Make it your School Year’s Resolution to lead by example. You don't have to primp like you did when you were crushing on a guy in high school, but if the kids get dressed, you get dressed. Hell, maybe even throw on some lip gloss and mascara to make your partner do a double-take (in a good way, for once) before s/he leaves for work. Have a little pride, moms!

Do you wear your pajamas to school drop-off? Why or why not?

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Mrscj... Mrscjones

No I sleep naked. I do believe every adult should at least brush their teeth before they step out the door.

Books... BooksandWine

No, because I go straight to work afterwards where I (unfortunately) cannot wear pajamas.

But really? Why the hell do you care what someone wears to drop off their kids- it's not like it's harming you! And somedays that extra 5-10 minutes of sleep might matter a lot more than what you look like.

Gypsy... GypsyMa76

My daughter takes the bus & I don't give one hot damn if my neighbors don't like my 8am yoga pants. My fat ass is crawling back into bed with my toddler & even if I wasn't, it's nobody's business what I wear & when. 

nonmember avatar Angi

This article makes me want to smack whoever wrote it. Yes my daughter is very well put together, every single day with no questions or fussing from her. However, I drop her off EVERY single morning and wait with her until her teacher walks the class inside all while wearing YOGA PANTS AND A TANK TOP! And guess what I still look presentable. Just because im not in some fashion forward outfit doesnt mean a damn thing. So to the snob who wrote this article..get off your high horse, throw on some yoga pants, and relax!

Lesli... LeslieandBerlyn

I didn't know I needed an excuse. My dd rides the bus so I will drive her to the corner and sit in the car in whatever the heck I happened to be dressed in. Sometimes it's pajamas, sometimes my work uniform, sometimes I am actually dressed. Im not getting up and getting all made up for a couple of other moms at the bus stop.

TheSi... TheSilence

I am so glad I don't know you in real life. If I knew this was written by someone I knew I would have to stop speaking to them.

tbruc... tbrucemom

If you're actually going to encounter other people when you drop off your kids then I would agree with the article. However, if you're literally staying in the car while they're at the bus stop or don't get out of the car in the dropoff lane then it doesn't matter what you look like.

drink... drinkme8184

I dont need an excuse to wear sweat pants to drop my kid off.  If you dont like it, too fucking bad.


Mary Joan Florence

I walk the dog after dropoff. Some moms might head to the gym. Why do you care what I'm wearing in my car?

nonmember avatar Kristi

No, I don't wear my pj's to drop off my kids. I feel best when I look my best.I try not to judge others but if they are really disgusting, I can't help it.

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