For years now, I’ve had this struggle with trying to decide where in my day getting dressed fits. See, my kids aren’t super awake and jumping out of bed every morning, so letting them eat in their pajamas gets them energized for dressing and making beds afterward.
However. Bedsheets and bedclothes are to be kept clean, no? So that the dirt of the day is not brought into bed, and we aren’t changing our sheets and pajamas daily? So if the kids (and I, for that matter) wear our pajamas out to the main living areas to start the day, are we not exposing our previously clean pajamas to the potential of breakfast food, floor dust, etc.?
Maya loves having a checklist of things to do in the morning, and thrives on lists of the day’s activities. So earlier this year, I made her a list of things to do upon rising. This involved going potty, brushing hair, getting dressed, making bed, folding pajamas, etc. Initially, she hopped right into the routine each day, and was downstairs in a jiffy. But as the newness wore off, the routine took longer and longer. When she’s really tired in the morning, it’s all I can do to get her out of bed. Once she’s fed and awake, doing the tasks is much easier.
All that to ask: Is it better to have dressing before or after breakfast in a family’s schedule?