Jeans: A Kid’s Worst Nightmare


Jeans: A Kid’s Worst NightmareYou know the kids who refuse to wear jackets and the kids who wear shorts when it’s below freezing and when it’s snowing? Well, those are my kids. But not only that; they also refuse to wear jeans. I have an 11-year-old son and an eight-year-old daughter, and neither one of them likes jeans and I don’t completely understand why. When I suggest for them to wear jeans, you would think I have just given them the worst advice in the history of the world. I miss the days when I could dress my kids in anything I wanted and they either couldn’t or wouldn’t complain about it. 

Those of you with babies and toddlers who you dress in cute polos and jeans, get ready; the day is coming when they will think that jeans are the worst invention of mankind.

My kids hate jeans so much that we sometimes use them as a punishment. Forget taking away electronics and their favorite toys or games; if they misbehave, we just make them wear jeans the next day. My son especially hates it, but it works. He changes his behavior in a heartbeat when he realizes he’s going to have to wear jeans for a day. This sounds so ridiculous, but I’m so serious and I really wish I wasn’t.

Jeans are a nightmare for my kids. 

I’m not exactly sure when this nightmare of jeans wearing happened, but I think it was about the time they started school, which was around four years of age. Of course, that is when you want them to wear jeans because they match well with so much and I think they look nicer than sweatpants on boys and nicer than leggings on girls. While I guess it doesn’t really matter exactly what my kids wear when they are out and about, I want them to look presentable. I suppose they don’t have to wear jeans to look presentable, but can’t they just wear them every once in a while? It seems that the answer is no.

Even for picture day at school, they usually will not wear jeans. If they do, they will take a change of clothes. One picture day, my daughter took a change of clothes to school and accidentally dropped her socks in the toilet while she was changing. That’s a whole other story, but it wouldn’t have happened if she had just worn her jeans for the entire day. I also find it really interesting that my son thinks that wearing jeans is “dressy.” It’s funny how over the years, the style has changed and you can actually get away with wearing jeans to formal events. While my son currently does not own a single pair of jeans, my daughter owns a handful. They look so cute on her, but she still prefers to wear leggings. Why oh why?

I suppose the main reason for my kids refusing to wear jeans is for comfort. According to them, jeans are very uncomfortable. I have bought stretchy, loose-fitting jeans for my son, but he complained about the waistband. I have bought jeans that are soft, like leggings, for my daughter, but she said they “bothered” her. No matter what type of jeans I buy, it’s a lose-lose situation, so I have quit buying them. Maybe one day my kids will want to wear them again, but until then, I just have to accept that they think wearing jeans is a complete nightmare. 

I know I’m not alone in this jeans wearing situation. My good friend, who is a mom and an elementary teacher, is experiencing the same thing with her kids and her students. So, who else has a kid who thinks jeans are a total nightmare?

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¡Hola! I’m Meredith. I have lived in Knoxville most of my life and I am proud to call it home – Go VOLS! I’m a mom to 9-year-old Hunter and 6-year-old Sophia. They keep my husband and I super busy but certainly make our lives interesting and adventurous. I used to be the type of person who had to plan everything out, but once I became a mom, I had to let go of that and learn to go with the flow, which is actually much more fun and exciting. In addition to being a mom, I’m a high school Spanish teacher. I also enjoy traveling and exploring new places.



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