The school run – why is everyone wearing pyjamas?

On Fridays we take a peek behind the scenes at Netmums and pick a talking point in our Coffee House for the Team Netmums blog.  Over the last week hot topics have been the proposed ban on term time holidays, and difficulties making ends meet, but in the week many of us have gone back to school after the half term it’s school runs that’s been a popular talking point.

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One school run memory that has become family legend for one of Team Netmums is the day she arrived at the playground (after an unusually smooth and bicker free morning) on time with both children dressed in mostly uncreased and stain-free uniforms and with (for once) everything they needed for the school day ahead… only to find a playground full of school children dressed in their pyjamas!

Her eldest daughter immediately crumpled into sobbing tears and blurted out that there was a letter (lurking in the depths of her school bag under a squashed banana) about the special ‘Dress in your pyjamas’ day.

Religious school bag inspections take place every day now and events like ‘World Book Day’ are inked in block capitals on her calendar.

Its seems it is not just the pupils who can at times be seen in their pyjamas.  There was a busy thread this week about parents doing the school run in their nightwear too.  Whilst most Netmums said they wouldn’t do the school run in their jim jams – plenty had seen other mums that did and one or two fessed up to occasionally shoving a baggy jumper over their pyjama top.  Most said that their PJs were not the kind of garb they could be seen in in public and to step out in them would only frighten the other mums as well as there being a chance our own children might disown us!

Another popular thread on the site this week was about 3/4 of mums finding the school run the most stressful part of their day.  Tell us something we don’t know. The stress begins with the morning nag and rush to get everyone fed, washed, dressed and kitted out with everything they need. And then there’s the stress of the drive to school.  Those on the team who walked did say that everyone arrived in a much cheerier mood but even this strategy is not foolproof as  Chelle from the team says: “I leave in plenty of time but I often have to stop as my son has put his shoes on the wrong feet or he just dawdles. I  lose the will to live about half way”.

So what’s the key to the stress free school run?  Organisation, organisation, organisation? Or nagging, bundling, wheedling, bribing and coaxing? If you find out – let us know.  And as Jane from the team says:  “On non uniform days have the mobile number of several other mums and if in doubt start texting at 7.30am!”

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Also on Netmums

Our latest Netmums survey has been published about how families are facing financial meltdown living in Austerity Britain. The findings are shocking – over 70 per cent of families are living ‘on the edge’ of surviving and could face ruin if hit by further price hikes or falls in their income. We see  discussions in the Netmums Coffee House every week about how hard life is for many families now and this survey has exposed the true extent of the problems.

In modern Britain mums are missing meals to feed their children and turning to loan sharks and family finances are so strained that any more pressure will turn this personal crisis into a catastrophe for the nation. It’s essential that we all work together to support struggling families and critical that the Government step up to make sure that there is support for the very poorest, but also recognise that their policies need to be able to support a much wider group of families.

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Are you and your family struggling? We’ve got some great ideas for Frugal living, an active Frugal Living Coffee House Club  and if your family are in crisis find out how to get help.

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3 Responses to The school run – why is everyone wearing pyjamas?

  1. Ha! Glad it’s not just me! I am guilty of both of those ‘mistakes’. I regularly shove a fleece and tracky bottoms over my pj’s before I go to school. Unless I’m having a jogging day – braless jogging, not a pretty sight!

  2. A says:

    May I ask, why Ive been given the Impression, That to be rushing around heticly, making sure we, have everything back in the school bag, teeth brushed, hair done, breakfast eaten, clean hands & ears, pe kit, Lunch bag, etc, etc, etc,….. Has a ”detramental” effect on our children And is infact Not the average Parents weekly struggle, Yet only one out of 100 mums/dads

    Many mums are ridiculed for this, and I have been officialy told, That I am showing my children a Hetic way of life, inturn causing them to feel panicked, with no routien, and unsettled, for the start of a new day at school

    I wouldnt mind this accusation, as naturally, This would be the result – But !
    children do understand, & understand that mums & dads forget things too, …..that we are doing are best, and our Best to get them to school on time…….. Because it is the right thing to do!
    NOT because, We Have To!!!
    ( ie, welfare education officer breathing down your neck for late attendance)

    I think these teachings are more beneficial for our children, then to be ‘over controlled’ and so very, very exspectant of life, merley through, Learning about routien and attendence Life does NOT always run so smoothly

    I have been more late, because of the PRESSURE, then actual will to get my children to school on time, this does not mean, I am strolling to school, It means I have to double rush, have palpitations, &having to take a relaxant so i am not panicking at another letter and statistics of my childrens punctuality, Just incase I dont make it for 8.45am.

    Who is in incontrol , Birth parents or workers in society?………

    THIS IS NOT CORRECT, Nor the Correct way to treat parents -

    Mummy -Da12

    Ps. I have never worn my Pj’s for the school run

  3. Charlotte says:

    I regulary wear my pjs to drop off my son. I have arthritis and it takes ages for my meds to kick in to allow me to bend enough to dress properly so pjs it is, but I am in the car and do not get out! However, my neighbours see me daily in my pjs and I just try the starwars thing of waving my hands in front of them saying ‘these are not pyjamas you are seeing!’

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