My four year old daughter cuddled up to me one day and said, “mummy, some girls wear trousers at our school”.
“Mmmm, yes I know”, I replied as neutrally as possible. Then I waited for what I hoped would come next, and so it did….
“Mummy can I wear trousers to school?”
I did a little fist pump inside. Yasssss! My daughter wants to wear trousers to school! Yes yes yes!
You see, my daughter likes to play and play hard, and I always wondered just how suitable wearing a pinafore and tights would be for those crazy antics at break time.
The rest of the time, she lives in trousers – apart from when parties, birthdays and special occasions are concerned and then she likes to pop on a dress and be all girly. She is very much her mother’s daughter in that sense.
But it’s not just because I feel that trousers are so much more practical for a highly active reception age girl that I did a little first pump inside.
It’s because she had a choice and made a choice, and I’m all for encouraging children to have choices. She didn’t feel trapped within the outdated confines of what we think little girls should wear to school. She broke away from the mold and did her own thing – not what everyone else was doing. She had a sense of beautiful and innocent freedom and honoured what was right for her and her own comfort. I am also pleased as it will put an end to all the “mummy, the tights are funny!” every morning. God damn those tights!!!!
Of course she is not the only one – there are some girls who wear trousers in her school – but very few until they migrate up into the juniors. I have to say hats off to schools for being modern in their approach and letting girls wear trousers to school thanks to efforts from campaigns like Trousers For All. Although it has to be said, that not every school across the country does allow trousers. Some are sticking firmly to their guns and insisting girls wear skirts or pinafores which is sad because if we are truly to lay the path for equality for girls then this is something that should surely be offered as a choice?
So forgive me while I have a proud school mum moment as I celebrate the independent thinking of my not yet five year old reception daughter, and her choice to wear the trousers at at school! You go girl.
Do you have a daughter who has chosen to wear trousers at school? What are your thoughts about girls wearing trousers to school? Do leave a comment and share.
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