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No More Yoga Pants At Morning School Drop Off

Posted by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM
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Mom Resolution: No More Yoga Pants At Morning School Drop Off

by Sarah Bernard

I dread morning school drop off.

Well, dread is not the right word. I walk my 7-year-old girls to school and that part I love. We chat. They still like to hold my hand.

I also love aspects of the morning routine like French braiding their hair and watching them slip on their oversized backpacks -- the cartoonish proportions help me pretend my girls aren't growing up as fast as they are.

The part I don't like is that no matter how early I get up, I can't seem to get myself in presentable shape for the school run.

The initial euphoria I feel from getting them out of the house on time (when it happens) inevitably turns into a sinking-gut-kind-of-shame as we turn the corner to school and I become acutely aware of the fact that I'm in my yoga pants yet again and my hair is crazy.

There is really no excuse. Plenty of other parents manage to shower, put on a bit of makeup if they want, pick an outfit that makes them feel good and just generally look and feel ready to face their day.

Of course, no one says anything to me. I see my friends. We're all rushing to our next stop. I'm not even sure anyone notices.

I asked a mommy friend how she manages to get herself and her 3 kids ready and the answer wasn't that she wakes up at 5 AM.

Her kids have a checklist, she says. They get themselves dressed, fed, washed and ready. While they do that, she can do her own morning routine. Coffee. shower, and the like. Her major piece of advice? "No yoga pants. Ever."

Point taken. Clearly, I need to start a checklist and get my kids on board. But I have to wonder, why do I present this version of myself to my peers when I spend the rest of my day in such an entirely differnet mode?

Here's what I've come up with:

I think the way I feel (and look) at drop off is kind of a metaphor for my parenting -- and something that I realize I want to change.

I throw myself into making things as great as possible for my kids -- French braids! -- but, like many moms, I think, I don't pay enough attention to taking care of myself in big ways and small. From taking the extra time to select an outfit that makes me feel good to something deeper.

It's amazing that all of these thoughts converge at morning drop off which lasts all of 5 minutes. But as the first day of school approaches, I'm hoping that I can start the year off with a new regimen in place.

Is there anything you'd like to change about your morning drop off routine?

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luvmykidsJC
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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Yeah, I wear yoga pants to drop my child off several days a week. And yeah, I get the funny looks from some moms, most of them are fat but they think because they did their hair and put on make up and "real" clothes they look good. I just smile and think to myself, "yeah I am  in work out clothes, you know why because after I drop my child off, I am going to go work out so I am not a fat ass like you" (you as in those moms, not the OP).

There are even days that I wear yoga pants and I am not working out but guess what,I didn't spend time on myself because I was busy helping my child get presentable. And while she has a healthy homemade lunch, their kids usually have lunchables or buy lunch.

EvaTheDiva2
by Gold Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:02 AM
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Pfft. People are lucky I'm wearing clothes that early.
smorgan865
by Platinum Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:07 AM
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It's just as easy to pull a pair of jeans on as it is yoga pants. No excuse. I know mornings are rushed (I hate them) but grab a pair of jeans instead if yoga pants, even if your hair is a mess and you have no makeup on.

Unless you're wearing what you wore to bed, but then that's an entirely different issue...

Same thing goes for college kids going to class in the morning. No excuse.
Wicked.Jester
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:16 AM
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My kids are in HS so there is no morning drop off anymore.

But given I work full time and getting them ready and handling everything else I need to handle, I could give a rats ass what I looked like at drop off when I did do it.

Wicked.Jester
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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Why does anyone need an excuse to wear something comfortable?

Its not like they are in pajamas.

If I am going to the gym right after they get dropped, I am wearing what I am wearing.  I am not there to impress you, and neither are any other moms.

Quoting smorgan865:

It's just as easy to pull a pair of jeans on as it is yoga pants. No excuse. I know mornings are rushed (I hate them) but grab a pair of jeans instead if yoga pants, even if your hair is a mess and you have no makeup on.

Unless you're wearing what you wore to bed, but then that's an entirely different issue...

Same thing goes for college kids going to class in the morning. No excuse.


bzzybeemomof3
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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 I only wear yoga pants. lol

I hate all forms of other pants. But I do not drop my kids off at school, lol they take a bus to school.

 

TableforSeven
by Platinum Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

I do wake up at 5am AND my kids do almost all of their morning routine themselves.  I do make sure they are awake on time.  They pick their own clothing and dress themselves (and have been doing that for years) - they also get their own breakfast.  I still have time to do braids (if wanted) and do my own morning stuff - though I am usually showered and dressed before the kids need to get up.  I do help them pack any food they need for school while they have breakfast....then they walk to school on their own when it is time for them each to leave.

Oh, and I don't even OWN yoga pants.

periwinkle163
by Silver Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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 I see nothing wrong with wearing yoga pants in the morning.

ElitestJen
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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LOL  I don't ever notice what anyone else is wearing or if they're noticing me.  I'm busy dropping my kid off! 

I'm blissfully happy in my bubble.

ElitestJen
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:20 AM
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Quoting smorgan865:

It's just as easy to pull a pair of jeans on as it is yoga pants. No excuse. I know mornings are rushed (I hate them) but grab a pair of jeans instead if yoga pants, even if your hair is a mess and you have no makeup on.

Unless you're wearing what you wore to bed, but then that's an entirely different issue...

Same thing goes for college kids going to class in the morning. No excuse.

Here's an excuse:  because I want to and I don't give a shit what you hate.


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