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Here’s a question for all of you parents? Have you ever taken you children out in public (and I’m not counting the doctor or a pajama party) in their pajamas?

You can probably guess why I’m asking. The boy changed into his shorts this morning but flatly refused to change his shirt. It went kind of like this.

Me: Ian do you want to wear your fire truck shirt?

Ian: (flailing) This one. This one. This one. This one. THIS ONE!

Me: Blue fire truck shirt? We’re going to the grocery store. You can’t wear your jammies.

Ian: This one! This one! This one.

And so on. On and off for two hours. So he wore a pajama shirt with frogs on it and a pair of denim shorts. Sound familiar? Or am I nuts?

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  1. In the winter time, I have often taken my kids out to the store in their footie pajamas. It was the fastest warm clothes to get them into without an argument.

  2. On more than one occasion my husband has dressed the kiddo in P.J’s thinkinh they were clothes. Now I lay everything out in advance.

    So the answer to your question is “yes.”

  3. Well, you’re nuts, but that has nothing to do with pajamas in public.

    When I take Lumpyhead for a walk on weekend mornings, before his morning nap, he’s always in his PJs.

    I wouldn’t worry about it. I bet no one noticed, particularly if Ian was wearing real bottoms.

    We’ve had plenty of discussions about whether certain items of clothing are rompers or pajamas. (“It has a polo collar, but feet! What the hell? That blows the whole feet = pajamas but a collar = not pajamas dichotomy.”) We solved the problem by letting the boy wear it all day and sleep in it at night. Lazy parents’ dream!

  4. The Farty Pants Twins aren’t old enough or headstrong to win any arguments yet but they do love their casual wear.

  5. I’m from Louisiana, where Britney Spears honed her fashion sense. ‘Nuff said?

  6. My kids have each worn pj’s in public. I’m saving up my clothing battle arguments for their teenage years.

  7. I haven’t taken them out in pjs (except for trips to the emergency room). My daughter loves her clothes too much to want to sit around in her pajamas all day. The boy hasn’t made it to protest age yet.

    Now that I’ve said that, why do I feel like I won’t be able to leave the house tomorrow without BOTH of them in pajamas?

  8. there have been days when Mira or Tessa might have rathered being thrown in a firey pit of brim stone then to part with the babie Pjs they had been wearing for 3 nights in a row. I just let them strut around town looking like they are primed for an inpromtu pillow fight. oh and in teh winter sometimes it’s too cold to take em out of their footie PJs

  9. hmmm. let me guess — did your kids recently turn two? i know, i know. state the obvious. but it is freakin fo’ REALS y’all. it didn’t hit for us until 2 1/2 really, but once it did, i no longer had ANY say, whatsoever, over what zoe and lucy wore. what’s more, i found that relinquishing that control and letting them design their own outfits enabled us to get much more done since we weren’t spending time fighting about clothes. to this day, they often change clothes 3 or 4 times before 9am.

    at this point (they’re almost 4) i feel like as long as they’re wearing clothes, it’s all good. and by clothes, i mean bathing suits count too.

    also, my friend steph has a son who, for the entire year between age 3 and 4, only wore a spiderman suit.

  10. While I’m not yet at this stage, my mom always told me that she decided never to make clothes an issue with us. If we wanted to go to school in tutus, pajamas, or halloween costumes she let it go. Maybe there are better battles to pick?

    Then again, wait…they were cute pajamas right? As long as they were cute.

  11. Michelle says:

    Absolutely! Gabriel has worn his Pj’s out many times. He also used to insist wearing his bike helmet all day and boy that caused lots of great stares while shopping at Target. I think everyone thought he had some disability or something.

  12. Pajamas. Bring ’em on. My kid’s the one who wants “naked day” at school.

  13. Ummm.
    I fight all battles and win.
    I have a lot of free time.

  14. With my younger kids I pick my battles. As long as they are dressed in something, I’m happy. The teens, on the other hand, well that is a little scary. My 13 y.o. daughter’s fav thing these days is skulls and cross bones and black. She wants to die her hair bright red. I am afraid. Very afraid.

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