Getting Dressed? Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!

2 years, 3 months.

Dear Jack,

I, too, wish that I could leave the house in my pajamas. However, neither of us can have our way.

Granted, if I ever showed up to work in pajamas, I would feel pretty socially awkward, with good reason.

As for you, I’m guessing you wouldn’t feel strange about it at all, but then I’d be the weird dad who lets his son wear pajamas to daycare everyday.

Here lately, getting you dressed every morning has become so much of a struggle that I have to be the one who does it, instead of Mommy.

You only want your clothes to be changed laying down, which puts you in the perfect position to bicycle-kick whoever is trying to get you dressed. It’s better that I am the who takes the collateral damage from you.

So now I am officially your wardrobe assistant/technician.

While the Twitter hashtag #aintnobodygottimeforthat officially peaked last summer, the “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That (Autotune Remix)” on YouTube serves as the mental soundtrack as I get you dressed now.

You and I are both thinking, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” You’re thinking it because you evidently see getting dressed as an unnecessary hassle; or even worse, a form of punishment.

I’m thinking it because I don’t have time to struggle with you over it.

There seems to be no obvious solution to you not wanting to get dressed. I don’t know; maybe it was better in Biblical days when everyone evidently just wore robes all the time.

Actually, I think you could totally pull off rockin’ the Kid Icarus look. So, uh, Jack… what do ya say?





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  1. by Susan

    On February 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    My 2 yr 5 month old boy started playing that game a little while ago too. He screams “Jammies!” as he does the same bicycle kick on his changing table, which he is clearly too big for. Sometimes it does help to let him participate in the process, by giving him a choice of things to wear, and letting him pick. About half the time he still exclaims “BEARS!” (his favorite jammie) but in all it does seem to help. Good luck!

  2. by Stephanie

    On February 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Sounds like very normal, yet inconvenient at times behavior. Get him involved and gives him options! If you don’t have a usual morning routine, start one now. For example: wake up, eat breakfast, brush teeth and hair, get dressed, etc. He will be more likely to do what you want if he is aware of what is going to happen at any given time. Let him make the choices whenever possible and as long as things are going smoothly and of course allow for extra time. Hope this helps and good luck!

  3. by Laura

    On February 23, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Fortuantely, this too shall pass and he will then spend 45 minutes changing clothes and combing his hair in the mirror to look good for “the ladies”. Oh wait, mine is 16 – different time-frame. When he was young and started pulling this, I admit I was evil. I put him to bed in his school clothes. I told him that until he was ready to get dressed in the morning like a big boy, he would have to wear his school clothes to bed. I explained that my boss didn’t care if he wanted to wear jammies and had a big tantrum every morning, he wanted me at work on time. Took about a week and he relented. We also shopped for super comfy school clothes and that helped as well. But putting my foot down was the biggie.

  4. by Real Ghost Pictures

    On May 1, 2013 at 3:32 am

    WTF are you talking about?

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