School Principals around the globe are sending letters home to mothers, banning the wearing of PJ's to drop off their children to school - to show "respect" and teach values.
I was on the set of a morning TV show preparing for my segment when the host shared, off camera, she received a letter from her children’s school boycotting mothers from wearing their pajamas at drop off in the morning, explaining it was a sign of disrespect. I immediately balked at this “judgement” and went on about my day.
In the evening I saw several style handles sharing fashion photographs of models wearing what is now coined “pajama dressing.” Moments later, a Cleveland news outlet shared a link from the UK, again following the theme of boycotting mothers from pajama dressing. At that moment, I felt the nerve had hit on a global level, having learned of this only 8 hours earlier.
As a mother and an entrepreneur, this infuriated me so much that I got up in the middle of the night to write this blog. We won’t even go into the whole “freedom of rights” aspect of this boycott. Let’s dig deeper.
I am a proud PJ wearer to drop off at school. I have seen all kinds of fuzzy PJ bottoms worn underneath coats as mother’s dash to get Suzy and Johnny to school in time.
Here is my beef with this boycott:
We see schools proudly place the “word of the month" on the school billboard for all local community to see; Empathy. Compassion. Perseverance. What about judgment??
Day in and day out, in the international news, we walk a fine line around the judgment of others; teaching society and our children this is “wrong”, yet we are condemning polka dot bottoms to be seen as a sign of disrespect?
A huge percentage of my clients are mothers. I know of their struggles with body image, the horror of swimsuits to jeans, and overall acceptance. Many are exhausted, rushing from one point to another. Checking off the box that yes, children are at school safe and sound, now I can move onto the next task.
What disservice and disrespect to be judged by schools, when in fact, this “pajama dressing movement” is seen on the Runway to the Realway. This trend now has “attached” to jean shops for this loungewar to be purchased as exercise wear, sleepwear or daywear. WAY TO GO MOMS for having the courage to wear your PJ bottoms, showing confidence for some, and for others a sign we are simply HUMAN trying to get by.
We encourage our children to EARN spirit pajama days at school, which is associated with fun and creativity of one’s own style. Talk about a mixed message to our youth.
Hollywood’s celebrities, such as Kate Hudson and Woody Harrelson for the premier of Hunger Games MockingJay Part 2, flexed their power by wearing pajamas onto the red carpet, capturing the attention of media outlets such as Vanity Fair. Hugh Hefner – need I say more? The male smoking jacket is the ultimate status symbol of, "I can do what I want, when I want."
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“We’re used to seeing our movie stars in various states of undress, but something about seeing them in pajamas on the red carpet stirs inevitable discomfort—and titillation. – Vanity Fair”
So I ask. Why can’t our amazing mothers flex their own power? These women should be placed onto a red carpet pedestal, for they GET THINGS DONE! Queens of multi-tasking, many without the help of a nanny, cook or car/driver.
I am an entrepreneur, and yes tomorrow I have the LUXURY of wearing my PJ's to drop my daughter off to school. I have earned that right, working long and hard hours, so if I need a break or consider this to be a positive in my life, so be it!
So ladies, put your big girl PJ's on, head high, walk tall, and hail the POWER of the PJ! #PJWay #PowerPJ
Maybe you’ll see me, I will be in a fuzzy 2 piece leopard ensemble. ;)
Judge less. Love more.