Profitable Pajamas by Annita Woz

bluefootyjammafeetThree children are leaping through the house right now. In sing-songy voices they announce that they have closed the schools by wearing their pajamas inside out last night.

The power of belief is strong at this age.

But I admit, the power of a pair of pajamas is well known to adults of every age.  Who hasn’t enjoyed lounging around in pjs and stocking feet on a cold morning? My sister tells me that when she goes out to shop, she can sometimes get away with wearing her pjs.  Some stores are pajama worthy, others are not. She knows where pajamas are welcome, goes where she is wanted.

Pajama day at school is the same. Every class works hard to earn the right to come dressed in PJs and defy the rules of growing up. You must get dressed before leaving the house. Not today, Mom!

What wise teacher figured out that having pajama days is a real motivator? Kids will share with each other, will not push in line, will finish all their homework for many nights in a row for a hard earned “wear your pjs day.”

Parents of new kindergarteners don’t always get it.  They sit wondering if they are supposed to send five year olds wearing clean pjs or just the ones they slept in the night previous? (up to you)

Can the boys wear Batman jammies or will someone tease them? (wear them)

Will the teacher wear her nightgown? (absolutely not)

Are footie pajamas a good idea? (no)

Would the pjs with the back flap meet the dress code? (at age 5, yes)

Can a mom drive  them to school for drop off wearing her pajamas? (you better)

What parent would turn down the opportunity to wear pajamas to work? Think of the leveling power of wearing jammies instead of a tie.  Really, who wears power pajamas to bed? Clothes make a man but jammies make a connection and have been proven to reduce stress levels in laboratory rats.

So my kids are at their jobs doing kid work today.

It is 12 below zero with a windchill that makes it feel like -40. Seriously. The list of closings was 120 schools long at 6 AM.  My middle girl sighed with relief knowing she would have one more day to read and mark down her page count. She’s aiming for 1,000 pages a quarter so she can get a certificate from the principal.

My little boy is mastering his fine motor skills and working on a Lego creation. Somehow at preschool age, he can follow a multi-page diagram, count the nubbies on the plastic pieces and construct an elaborate shuttle.  It must be the camouflage jammies.

An hour earlier, the two girls had moved on from remote control negotiations to contracting the baking supplies. They now want to have a best chef contest and have been granted full access to the contents of the refrigerator by the supervisor who happens to be wearing blue fleece footie pajamas with a yellow duckling theme.  These pajamas have been known to make an appearance at the scrapbooking table, at bookclub once, but haven’t been to the local grocery, yet.

The girls still wear their pajamas, and they are still inside out.  They are afraid to remove them just in case the weather man will call them back to the classroom. They are quick to remind me that they can stay up later tonight because they will not have to waste time putting them on again. They are very efficient workers.

I had punched in at 7 and went immediately to the board room and was joined by my three charges under the comforter. We discussed and drafted an informal agreement on who gets to snuggle with dad first. Projects were assigned to the most qualified, one to let out the dogs, one to let in the dogs, one to pick between pancakes or waffles. Monkey pile positions were taken, rejected, stolen. A tent was constructed using dad’s arm as a center pole.  Multiple hug memos were sent and received.

The office hums along in harmony with the staff and the work load seems light but profitable.

A. Woz


2 Responses

  1. Very good. Gotta love a snow day! ( I have an hour delay today, thus, the free time to write this!) Teachers love snow days too!

    About the PJ’s- As a teacher, I have always found wearing pj’s to school less productive. I see the kids either become less interested in learning or very silly over the whole thing. So I was glad to hear your take on it. I may rethink my opinion.

    I do agree that comfort brings a different attitude. We have “jean day” for teachers every Friday and I really look forward to it. Although my work load remains the same, I feel like I am on vacation because I am wearing jeans and my disposition is much more cheery.

  2. yes, the productive time of pajama day is the time leading up to it. All the “chores” all the “good listening” all the “rule following” is hard work for children. They really are silly at heart. It is almost too bad that we have to teach them to not be silly…as you said, when our disposition is more cheery we can accomplish great things. Imagine how much children can learn and grow, if they could do it all with a good balance of silliness. Oh the joy of learning!

    Another day of record cold temps so we are home again. We will trek out to the local gym and give the kids space to run and be silly today. But first, I have to convince them to get outta their pjs!

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