WIGANERS have backed a headteacher who criticised parents for wearing pyjamas on the school run.
A national debate was sparked when Kate Chisholm, head of Skerne Park Academy in Darlington, wrote a circular urging the adults to dress properly so they set a decent example to pupils.
She complained about the trend after noticing an increase in the number of parents wearing pyjamas and slippers at the gates - with some even attending school assemblies and meetings in night-time attire.
The Wigan Evening Post asked its Facebook users for their views on the habit - which is not unheard of in our borough either - and the overwhelming majority condemned the practice.
Kayleigh Hearn said: “Its just down right lazy... supposed to set an example to your kids... what does these parents taking them to school in there PJs say? It’s OK to doss around all day... No it’s not. It’s not ok to do the school run in your PJs then go home to watch Jeremy Kyle.”
Vanessa Haydock said: “Doesn’t matter how long you work the day before or if your on the dole. It takes two seconds to chuck some clothes on and set an example for your kids. Would you let your kids go to a job interview in future years in PJs? No you tell them to make an effort. Why should they if all they see is their parents in PJs?”
At the end of the day PJs and onesies are bedroom attire; would you turn up to the school run in a racy Ann Summers ensemble?Anastasia Beaverhausen
Anastasia Beaverhausen said: “At the end of the day PJs and onesies are bedroom attire; would you turn up to the school run in a racy Ann Summers ensemble? Keep it in the bedroom or at least in the house. Make the effort to get dressed, it amazing what it can do for your self-esteem.”
Shaun Kevill said: “Why is it only certain women do this? You never see any bloke dropping off or picking up their kids in them. I’ve done long night shifts and day shifts and never done this. It seems to be a statement that shows you can’t be bothered to get dressed. Set your kids a standard they can look up to.”
But it wasn’t all one-way traffic. Some readers wondered what all the fuss was about.
Lynsey Simpkin Fleming said: “Being in PJs doesn’t make you a bad parent nor has it got anything to do with school. School is about education so if you turn up in PJs does that mean your child isn’t learning their maths? If I want go in my PJs I will...not that I have done.”
And Jen Marsh added: “It does make me laugh and smile when I see them in full dressing gown and slippers. I’d never ever do it, but each to their own, if they want to bring their children up thinking that’s okay and the norm then that’s up to them.”