I’m Not Fighting This Battle! What To Do When Your Kids Refuse to Wear Clothes!

I started this foolishness. Exactly one month ago I went into the store and bought my two year old son a new pair of pajamas. They wee of his favorite cartoon, The Justice League, and they were perfect because they would keep him warm during this chilly winter weather. From the moment I got them off the rack, he squealed with joy and clutched them like his little life depended on them. I got him home and attempted to wash them, when my little man had a fit. Not just a simple cry but a full ‘fall out in the middle of the floor’ screaming fit. I managed to get them washed, but as soon as they were dry he was right there at the dryer wanting to put them on. Little did I know that from that day on my son would refuse to take off these pajamas. I have to literally peel them off of him to get him dressed for school or to wash them. Things have gotten so bad that I sometimes have to hide the pajamas from him just to give them a break. Unknowingly I thought I was just buying him some more sleep wear- not starting World War III over a pair of pajamas!

After weeks of endless ‘meltdowns and temper tantrums’ over these undergarments, I was exhausted. If I managed to take them off, he somehow managed to grab and drag them everywhere he went.  I didn’t want to see these undergarments anymore and I seriously considered giving them away- just for my sanity. Then one morning as I drove to work , I happened to glance over at my son (still clutching on to his pajamas) and I thought to myself, “Why am I getting angry about him REALLY liking something I bought him?”  When I like a new nail polish, lip gloss or pair of shoes, don’t I wear them daily until I am tired of them? In  that 30 minute drive to his school I decided that I was tired of fighting a battle that didn’t matter.

So what if he wanted to wear his pajamas everywhere as long as they were clean? So what if he had to clutch them on the way into school to make him feel comfortable? He’s a healthy child who acts ‘right’ (most of the time), so at that moment I gave up the fight of trying to get my child to stop wearing his pajamas everywhere. Almost suddenly, a cloud of stress disappeared form my psyche. Now, he wears them when we go out to eat, to his friend’s house and sometimes even outside to play. Occasionally I’m able to pry them from his hands for church or school, but when he refuses to take them off- I just deal with it.

Yes, it’s embarrassing when I get stares from people without children who look at me like I was too lazy to get my child dressed. However, I always get the sympathetic glances from fellow moms who already know my struggle. Sometimes that says something that makes me laugh other times they simply point at their children dressed in costumes they refuse to take off and instantly we share a moment of understanding.

In the end, being a mom we have to deal with a lot of stresses, but I refuse to lose my mind due to a pair of Justice League pajamas. Have you guys dealt with this phenomenon?

 

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About BossyGirl1980

Here I am 32 and accidentally a mother of three, naturalista, wife, business woman, budding socialite and self proclaimed "runnergirl". Follow me on my journey of living the fab life while trying to maintain my sanity. In 2010 I lost over 30 pounds by embracing exercise and running as a pastime. This is your place for everything it takes to be a BossyGirl .
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4 Responses to I’m Not Fighting This Battle! What To Do When Your Kids Refuse to Wear Clothes!

  1. Oh my! This is a classic moment– when you and a child are at war over something so “simple.” I have been there many times! Sounds like you came to the right conclusion on letting it go. For the times when he can’t walk around in his PJs, maybe let him where the PJ shirt only, not the pants? Good luck! He sounds like a cutie pie!

  2. OnlyLaila says:

    I went through this with my son and his Spider Man costume. One morning he had a dentist appointment and he didn't want to get dressed so I let him wear it. Everyone thought it was cute and referred to him as Spider Man. It made his day and I wasn't as stressed about his clothes. Someone told me that you are an adult longer than you are a kid, so let them enjoy it!

  3. DjRelAt7 says:

    I cannot imagine! All the things I have to look forward to when I become a mom :/ LOL
    My recent post Vacation, Take two of these and Call me in the morning.

  4. Chasing Joy says:

    I guess this falls under the category of picking your battles.

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