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Put Some Bloody Clothes On Parents!

By Expatmum @tonihargis
It's long been a bete noir of mine - people wearing pajamas outside the house. I know they're comfy but really people - they're for bed. 

Anyway, it seems one head teacher (principal) in the North East of England (where else? - tell it like it is) has had enough. 

“We are trying to raise standards and get better outcomes for the children and we noticed a lot of the parents are turning up to school as well as meetings and assemblies wearing pajamas. If we’re to raise standards it’s not too much to ask parents to have a wash and get dressed,” she said.

Give that woman an OBE! Is there anything more disgusting than the thought of sitting in a meeting next to someone wearing clothes they have been sleeping and sweating (and god knows what else) in? And some of them are still in their slippers for crying out loud. 
Now, I can put my hand on my heart and say that I have never gone further than my own back garden wearing night attire. Oh wait, I lie. There was one summer when we were  staying with my mother in England, all trying to get out the door for some or other family function with not enough time for everyone to take care of ablutions. I of course, found myself last in line, as usual, so I picked up a towel and my toilet bag, and walked over the road to my brother's house wearing a bright turquoise (with red strawberries) pair of cotton PJs. It was, as I recall, a beautiful summer morning, with very little traffic on the semi-rural lane, and I knew I wouldn't be shaming anyone. My brother didn't see things quite the same way however. He just happened to be out in his driveway, pointing a hose at the car, which he promptly dropped and fled into the house when he saw me approaching. Tee hee. 
Anyway, back to the slobs in sleepwear. So even though I can't recall ever taking the kids to school in PJs, I understand that every now and then it might be necessary to shove them in the car and throw a long coat over yours. We're all human. I might do that if I knew I didn't have to leave the car, but walk into school? Attend a meeting? I think not. 
Or am I in the minority here?

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