Wednesday, 27 January 2016
School Run In PJs? Is It Ever Ok?
You are standing in the playground, your child is well groomed, on time and at the front of the queue chatting to his friends. The bell rings and the children stream into school, excited for another day. As you leave, you see THAT mother. The one who is ALWAYS late, the one whose children are wearing the uniform, but it's not pressed. The children are clean, but have their breakfast around their mouths. You look at the mother, she is still wearing her PJs. You sigh, you look away and you pride yourself on the fact that it isn't you. You walk away, slightly smug that your child is never late. YOU ARE NOT THAT MOTHER.
But wait, do you KNOW this mother?
Do you know her story?
Have you taken the time to make sure SHE is ok? How do you know that she isn't struggling? Maybe she is a single mum, maybe she has been up all night with a teething baby, or sobbing because she doesn't know how she is going to feed her children that week. MAYBE she is always late, in her PJs, rushing from one place to the next, but have you ever taken a second to find out WHY?
Ever offered to hold the buggy while she takes her child to the office to explain why they are late? OR do some people just walk on by, feeling slightly better about THEMSELVES, because that isn't them.
I know I have. I have stood there and said, "Yes but how easy is it to just throw on some clothes?" and it is, FOR ME. But for others, it is just too much. And yes, I get it, there are some people out there that cannot be arsed. But let us not think that EVERYONE who turns up to the school in PJs is just lazy. There may be something more to it.
Instead of judging other people, why don't we offer to help other people anymore? Is it that the only way we can feel smug about our parenting skills is to look at someone who perhaps isn't doing as well as us, and look down on them? I don't want to BE that person.
Let me know.
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