A mum has asked if she's "mad" for considering sending her children to bed in their clothes for the next day to make mornings a little easier.
The over-tired parent took to parenting forum Mumsnet's popular Am I Being Unreasonable (AIBU) thread to seek advice after confessing mornings are a struggle with her young children.
The single mum-of-four titled her post "[AIBU] Dressing children the night before?" and went on to explain two of her children have additional needs so getting them ready for the day is a "hectic" rush.
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She said: "I have four children, oldest two have additional needs so need a lot of help with dressing in the mornings, this can take a long time, younger two just need help due to their age, the mornings are hectic and between getting myself and the four of them ready it can take a very long time to get out of the house!
"We also need to get a bus so we miss it sometimes where we haven’t got out on time (usually by seconds) I read a news article a little while ago about a woman who says she dresses her children for school the night before!
"Now I know people will just say go to bed earlier my oldest doesn’t sleep at night so we are currently awaiting a referral for a paediatrician, aibu [am I being unreasonable] to consider what this woman does? Would anyone do this? Or am I mad to consider it?"
One Mumnset user said: "No, normal people don't do this. I'm afraid this is definitely not the solution to your morning problems (which I share!)."
A second said: "No. They'd be so uncomfortable to start with. They will also smell. Not washing in the morning or changing out of clothes they may have sweated in overnight. It just isn't a solution. You need to get up earlier."
Another said: "What next- just leaving them in yesterday’s uniform because it doesn’t look too bad? Nope, this is a no go. Sorry. Rephrase the question to get other ideas how to speed things up."
A fourth commented: "No that’s gross."
And another Mumsnet user said: "What do you already do - what’s the routine? Posters can help troubleshoot. I don’t think I could send my children to school in slept-in clothes and I think it doesn’t give them good habits to build off for the future - plus if they mentioned sleeping in their clothes I’m sure school would log that as a concern."
Another said: "No. That’s really unhygienic and their clothes would look awful."
And another wrote: "Hell save even more time and just strap them in the pram before bed. Then you can just wake up and push them out the door".
But one Mumsnet user quipped: "Absolutely loving all the snarky responses to a mum who is clearly struggling."
Other Mumsnet users offered advice and tips for the mum to try out.
The mum added: "Thanks for the supportive comments I am reading them and taking the advice on board, the oldest is 10 and she does not sleep till 2/3 am most nights, she shouts, screams, gets out of bed and wonders around, my youngest can not share a room with her because she is aggressive, so my four-year-old is still in my bed, none of us get much sleeps because she keeps the other ones up with her noise, so my other children aren’t going to bed till late either as they are repeatedly being woken up.
"She doesn’t struggle to get out of bed she seems to cope fine on her limited sleep But it’s the others who struggle where they have been kept up all night."
At the time of writing 83% of Mumsnet users voted the mum was being unreasonable.
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