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    Default POLL - dirty clothes on kids

    Hi there, I haven't posted in ages but I would really love some honest opinions from as many as possible on the following issue. I would like to see where main****** society stands on judging this issue. Complete honesty is required please, if you think you will offend that is fine.

    The issue is: kids in dirty clothes.

    My question is three-part:

    1) What do you think of a parent or carer taking a child out in public in obviously dirty clothes:

    a) nothing wrong with it b) inappropriate behaviour but basically harmless c) plain bad form d) child abuse e) indifferent

    2) If you saw a mother with a child in dirty clothes, would you:
    a) immediately assume she could not be bothered changing their clothes
    b) think perhaps they were in a rush that day / some extenuating circumstances
    c) be indifferent

    3) if you answered Question 1 with b), c) or d), would this behaviour affect your attitude toward the carer and decision-making with regard to your own child interacting with their child. If you have any further opinion on this issue, please elaborate.

    Many thanks in advance for your time.

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    I know this isn't answering the 3 questions but I know that my little brother lives in certain clothes for ages. My mug dresses him in new clothes and he will go get the dirty ones out the laundry basket and put them back on! Just happens to want to wear favorites! My concern is more if their hair/nails are clean, if they smell unwashed etc

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    You forgot one

    2 d the child's mother dressed them beautifully before going out and like many children do they got dirty while they were out.

    Or is that a subset of 2 c indifferent?

    Cause I know this happens to me with my 3yr who is always well dressed in beautiful clothes.

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    would not care or notice.

    as my child is usually shoe less or in some state of disrepair as I am such a bad mum and cant be bothered with the fight.

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    1(a) 2(c) 3 no affect

    My children are dressed in clean clothes every morning. They play/paint/go outside/live and have fun. They don't get changed for paint/colour on sleeves/fronts, a bit of mud/sand/dirt on pants etc. I don't consider them dirty - I wouldn't put them back in those clothes the next day though.

    If food/drink is badly spilt/clothes very wet or soiled/muddied they will change.

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    hi zephani, you don't carry a spare set of clothes for these times? (not saying i do, but curious to what others do and what others' standards / expectations are).

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    Quote Originally Posted by zephani View Post
    You forgot one

    2 d the child's mother dressed them beautifully before going out and like many children do they got dirty while they were out.

    Or is that a subset of 2 c indifferent?

    Cause I know this happens to me with my 3yr who is always well dressed in beautiful clothes.
    This - my daughter could be in a spotlessly clean room and end up filthy. It drives me crazy we are constantly changing clothes in this house.
    My sis and sil think it's funny - baby clothes I bought for my son were handed down to both of them for their boys and then back to me spotless still - 3 boys wore them they were fine my dd has destroyed most of them now covered in stains!
    My son on the other hand is spotless and freaks out at dirt.
    Personally it seems a little judgemental.

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    Um I do not judge. My DS has major sensory issues and it is a struggle to get him to wear anything at all, so if we can agree on a shirt that has been worn 3 days in a row, then so be it.
    We went to a kid's party at a particular shop in a shopping centre the other day and DS was wearing a size 0 shirt (his real size is probably a 4) with BBQ sauce stains all over it. It took over half an hour to get him to wear *anything* and I was very self conscious and hope nobody thought I was a child abuser! Far out!

    I change my 1 year old DD's clothes if they are wet/dirty, especially if we are out. I always have spare clothes for her. I have spare clothes for DS in the car all the time, too, but I don't know why I bother tbh
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    Ohh I really do judge here.
    I take a spare set of clothes out with me and have another spare set in the boot of the car in a plastic bag just in case. I constantly carry wipes with me and bibs and I do not allow my kids to be in public visibly dirty. DS2 comes home from daycare a bit grubby so I change him before we pop into oles on the way through to buy something for dinner. I think its just laziness and poor form to leave your kids in dirty clothes, plus I hate being sticky, dirty, wet or uncomfortable so why would I allow my kids to feel that way?

    DS2 is the MESSIEST eater you will ever meet, and I still manage to keep him clean (and myself sane).

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    Should add that as soon as clothes are worn even for an hour they go straight into the wash, nothing manages to be worn over again unless it has been washed and dried that night.

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