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Monday, February 21, 2011

The Pants Rules

Due to the desire of the boys in my house to run around naked all the time(or at least, in nothing but underwear/diapers), the following rules are in place:

Pants must be worn at the dinner table. You want to eat, you must have on more than underwear. Or socks.

Pants are required if you wish to answer the door. Even if you are almost sure it's your grandma, you must put on pants. The UPS man is more than a little freaked out by naked boys running to the door yelling "Package here!"

Leaving the house requires pants. This includes getting the mail and going to pick up one of your brothers from school. No, I will not take "naked man" with me to school, so please stop asking.

If company is coming over, you must put on pants.

When the temperature is below 50 degrees outside, you must wear both pants and a shirt, even though we are inside the house.

The proper place to get dressed for the day is NOT in the entranceway of our home, where the neighbors can see through our double glass doors.

Underwear, a shirt, pants/shorts, and shoes are all required for school. Socks are negotiable: the rest of the items on this list are not. The same goes for outings to the store, church, the playground, and all restaurants, even those that give away toys with your meal.

Tell me that kids eventually grow out of this stage! Do your kids actually like to wear clothes?


Blogger Not a Perfect Mom said...

my kids love to be naked so much that I have the underwear rule...to sit on my couch or eat a meal one must have underwear on...
I can't force the pants thing, cuz um, I usually don't have any on at home either! just a t shirt and some undies, maybe a pair of the hubs boxers...
geez...I wonder where they get it...

February 21, 2011 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

my kids all have varying degrees about how much/what clothes they want to wear. All of them go to school so, I expect them to dress by school dress code.

Secondly, I have three boys and one girl. I don't want to raise prudes, but I think there should be a certain level of respect. Therefor, I expect them to be moderately covered.

February 21, 2011 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

JDaniel loves to run around without clothes. I have to tackle him and pull them on him.

These are great rules!

February 21, 2011 at 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Since it is cold here I have no trouble with getting clothes on the boys. Sure after tubs they like to do a little naked dance, but within 5 min they are dressed.

February 21, 2011 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger myevil3yearold said...

I have already posted about Evil's desire to be naked... and outside. My fear is she is going to be a stripper if something doesn't give.

February 21, 2011 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

OMG...I need these rules! Lately, the Crazies have made a contest out of who can get naked quicker...right before dinner!!! What is up with that?

February 21, 2011 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Joey Lynn Resciniti said...

This made me smile. I remember on Thanksgiving dinner that my dad attended in his underwear. Some boys never get it.

Note: Now that he's 60, he willingly wears pants all of the time.

February 21, 2011 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger The Mommyologist said...

My little dude is the same way. LOVES having his pants off. And he loves having his hands down his pants too. WTF?

February 21, 2011 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Life Without Pink said...

My boys run around nude all day long!!! What is with it? I dont know when they outgrow it but from what I hear its a long time!

February 21, 2011 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I'd like to tell you that it does. Okay,for the most part, mine will keep clothes on at the appropriate times now that they are 11 and 7 but just a few months back, we caught the two of them and their 13year old cousin stripped down to their underwear and running around outside throwing the football, at dark and in the cold, at their grandmother's house. It is down in the woods, but still!

February 21, 2011 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

This is great, my girls will always wear clothes but my boys? The older they get the faster they strip. I thought it was just my house. We have a "you must wear underpants at the dinner table rule." They are little so it is still sort of cute but according to your post this may last until it is not so cute anymore???

February 21, 2011 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

A glimpse into my future, I think. Rory is obsessed with picking out her clothes right now, so I'm safe there. But I bet little man would love to roll around naked. I'm going to remember this rules! :)

February 21, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Amethystmoon said...

how funny! I never had problems with my girls wanting to be naked, but my little brother used to tear off his diaper and run down the street so much, my dad had to use duct tape to keep it on.

February 21, 2011 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Those are good rules. My kids usually wear clothes but it is really cold here. Every now and then, they randomly get naked to run around.

February 21, 2011 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Those rules are awesome! Now, if you could just tell me how to get a 15-month-old to listen to them! I swear, my child is the same way ... she's always tugging at her sleeves. She won't even keep a bib on! Good luck implementing the rules!

February 21, 2011 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

By not wearing pants, maybe they're helping to cut back on the never ending laundry?

My kids don't like socks and shoes, no matter how cold it is. They would probably go outside in the snow wearing flip-flops if I let them! In the summer, my boy has an aversion to shirts.

February 21, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Gigi said...

Think about husbands.

Think about how much they enjoy parading around their junk naked.

No, they don't outgrow it.

February 21, 2011 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My 11 yr old still prefers to run around in undies year round if we are in the house. Even if company shows up we have to make him go get on clothes. He is my naked lad

February 21, 2011 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger natalee said...

why why why? I swear the aversion o pants is a universal boy thing.... UGH!!!!!! I love your rules.. i think im gonna print them out

February 21, 2011 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger TornadoTwos said...

LOL, love your list! CamCam is my naked boy, as I've blogged about MANY times. Right now he's running around in just a diaper, no matter how many times I dress him during the day he strips down. When I tell him he has to put clothes on before we can leave the house I get a big, whiney "Whyyyyy?" I guess some kids just love the freedom. Or they're naturally hot.

February 21, 2011 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Amanda @ It's Blogworthy said...

This really put a smile on my face this morning. Personally, I do enjoy a pantsless baby boy, however I'm sure it's not as cute as they get older. My favorite rule is that you must put pants on while answering the door. Thanks for the laugh!

February 21, 2011 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger BNM said...

lol sounds like my lil one

February 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm laughing while I'm reading this knowing that this will be me all too soon. My kid already screams bloddy murder when I get him dressed. I'm just happy he has not figured out how to take his clothes off on his own yet!

February 21, 2011 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger KLZ said...

I would get Alex a shirt with his personal motto of "Clothing Optional" but I don't think I could get him to wear it.

February 21, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Hayden rarely wears pants. We aren't as "strict" with our rules as you - he just has to wear pants when we go out and when we have visitors. He can eat at the dinner table without pants, he can answer the door without pants on, and the temperature outside has no impact on his pants-wearing. I don't know why he prefers to not wear pants, but he does. He does wear a shirt and underwear though... so I suppose it could be worse!

February 21, 2011 at 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is totally my daughter!

February 21, 2011 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Maegan said...

We have the alomost the exact same rules at our house! I am so glad we are not the only ones :)

February 21, 2011 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

The only time my kids disrobe is when they are wrestling and they want to take their shirts off. Buster actually really dislikes having his pants off. If I have to change a pull up or he goes potty shortly before bed, I try to keep his pants off and he has a fit.

February 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Bwhahaha Package here.. Oh sometimes I just know I missed out on some good fun with my house full of only girls:) Thanks for the giggle this morning!

February 21, 2011 at 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Practical Parenting said...

Lol! My daughter calls herself "undies girl" when she decides to hang out in a t shirt and undies, usually at the end of the day. My son thinks naked is best but will settle for a diaper. Thankfully we live in a warmer climate!

February 21, 2011 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Cheryl D. said...

Wow! Your demands are so unreasonable!

February 21, 2011 at 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the other end of the spectrum, my son may end up being a never-nude. He's never wanted to be naked, and I've just always had clothes on him. lol If he's missing an article of clothing, he can't do anything until I've replaced it. I think mine is weirder than yours!

February 21, 2011 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Fields said...

Cameron does not seem to care either way but Sarah Hazel loves to be without pants. And of course everytime she is naked is when she chooses to hang out in the doorway and watch cars go by.

February 21, 2011 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

My oldest three are embarassed for me to see their "package". Most of the time.
They still take a while in the morning though to wake up enough to realize they are walking around in their undies.
So yes...it gets better.

February 21, 2011 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Darlene said...

My kids didn't go through the naked stage, however, my granddaughter, if she is "dressed", she's either missing her top or her bottoms.

February 21, 2011 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...


The UPS man is more than a little freaked out by naked boys running to the door yelling "Package here!"

Was hilarious.

My daughter never went through a naked phase, but we live where it's freezing so maybe that helps? Jack up the AC!

February 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger jLow said...

glad to hear that "clothing optional" is pretty common among the younger set . . . right now we're just happy if he leaves his clothes on at OTHER PEOPLE'S houses.

February 21, 2011 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger Go Mommy said...

My children LOVE to be naked. My son is obsessed with his underwear so when people meet him, he might show them...

February 21, 2011 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Bud would happily walk around naked all the time if I would let him. And Baby Girl takes off her pants just as soon as she gets home from school.

I can understand wanting to change into something more comfortable, but at least put on some pajama pants.

February 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger MommyLisa said...

My child, a girl, pretty much wants to be naked for a good half hour before getting dressed in the morning and for a while at night before pj's too - sometimes from the minute we get home at 6pm. Depends on her mood. She just turned five.

February 21, 2011 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

My brother has three boys under the age of 10 and yeah, someone is always naked from the waist down.

My kids have always preferred clothes, but maybe they are afraid that I will start thinking it's OK for ME to be naked, and that's just scary.

February 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My children, for the most part, don't mind wearing clothes (in the winter, summers another story), but my hubs sits around in his boxers all the time.

February 21, 2011 at 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

This is hilarious especially today since my son declared that he wanted to be "Nekkid"
Yup, all morning he's been running around wearing nothing but underwear...socks are optional.

February 21, 2011 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Kir said...

I have not had this problem yet, thank goodness, and with boys I worry for sure.
Nope, they even asked for socks this morning...weird. But I did it.

this made me giggle. :)

February 21, 2011 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Emmy said...

Okay I may have literally snorted when I read about the UPS guy and the package :) Reminds me of salon scene in Legally Blond.

That is one benefit to having at least one girl- helps the boys keep their pants on. hmm that sounds really weird

February 21, 2011 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Hutch said...

My brother was very free with himself as a kid, constantly running out in to the court completely naked or with his undies. He eventually grew out of the completely naked, but was pretty comfortable just being in his boxers.

February 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Package here for sure! Too funny. Parallel lives! Thank you for your kind words about our dog, Guinness. Hearing everyone's words of encouragement and sympathy has been really helpful.

Hope you're having a Happy Presidents Day!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner?

February 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My boys always wear pants. Only the oldest likes to sleep in his unders. But I wish they would all learn to pee with the door shut! I am about sick of seeing my 9 yr olds butt! lol

February 21, 2011 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Charlene Juliani said...

LOL! My boys did this too. It sure made potty training easy hahaha.

And yes, they do grow out of it, as I now have 4 fully clothed boys in my house. But, uh....wait until they are teenagers and you're begging them to put deodorant on. The joys of boys....

February 21, 2011 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Macey said...

Okay seriously, I don't know how many times my kids got to the door before I did with it all hangin out. HILARIOUS!

February 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

While they definitely like to have a few minutes of naked time each day, my girls are pretty comfortable wearing clothes. So comfortable in fact that Miss H changes her outfit now three or four times a day. Good for you for having rules about it though!

February 21, 2011 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I have a girl, and I still have the same clothing issues with her.

February 21, 2011 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Liz Mays said...

What the heck? I never had that problem, but then I only had one. I'm sure when they all put their noggins together, they come up with all sorts of things!

February 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

My middle boy doesn't like to keep his pants on. There will be days - in the middle of the afternoon - he'll walk out completely naked - especially after going to the bathroom. I usually have to tell him literally about ten times to put his underwear and pants on. If I don't, he'll end up running around naked for the rest of the afternoon. Can you say 'exhausting'?

February 21, 2011 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger FreeFlying said...

Kids? At least you're bigger than them. I'm always trying to get my husband to put on pants. Try THAT on a six feet tall army ranger. ;)

February 21, 2011 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hahaha!!! That is so funny. EVERY morning I take my 2 y/o's pajamas off, change his diaper & then he says, "I want to be naked". Naked means in nothing but a shirt and a diaper (or shirt and underwear, if I'm feeling energetic). I like your rules!

February 21, 2011 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My children love clothes if it means trying them on in weird ways, which may or may not cover the appropriate areas. Sigh.

My daughter's current favorite outfit is a swimsuit bikini top and a hula skirt.

February 21, 2011 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Eternal Lizdom said...

I might need to print this for my son. We've never had pants issues until he came along... he loves nothing more than the end of the day when he can strip down and run around naked!

February 21, 2011 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Big Mama Cass said...

Well you aren't exactly giving me a lot of hope for the future of my naked 3 year old. :(

February 21, 2011 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

OMG - the mention of NOT getting dressed in the entrance reminds me so much of Kate! She hates pants, too, and we have a HUGE double window in the front of our house. I tell her she has to avoid that area because otherwise anyone passing by can see her.

February 21, 2011 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

my son has gone through this stage, but he still likes to be nakey and I have to chase him with clothes when he takes them off... I find the less time he spends out of clothes the better off we are.

February 21, 2011 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

They do grow out of it, faster than you want them to.

Really, enjoy it... it's adorable.

February 21, 2011 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Living out here, my kids think it's always 75 degrees out. My son snuck a pair of shorts and a tee shirt to school and changed during the day. Then he left the brand-new pants and shirt on the playground and they're gone.

Not. Happy.

February 21, 2011 at 5:22 PM  
Anonymous heidi @ wonder woman wannabe said...

my boys love going shirtless for some reason - must be a male thing?

February 21, 2011 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I think that might be a boy thing. My nephew is 8 and still hates to wear pants. He will take them off (or try if allowed) as soon as he gets home from school.

February 21, 2011 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Jayme said...

I still don't like to wear pants when I'm home!

February 21, 2011 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Jene said...

I love that this is something we have to consider as moms. Thanking my lucky stars that Charlie is still a pants lover!

February 21, 2011 at 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahaha! Yes, N is almost one and she already hates clothes. It's a daily struggle to put clothes/pjs on her ... heck, it's a struggle to put on a diaper! *sigh*

February 21, 2011 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Tyler is 8 and we still have to fuss about pants and SHOES

February 21, 2011 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Amber @ The Mom Road said...

Ha ha, my brothers were exactly like this! Brings back great memories!

February 21, 2011 at 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My kids haven't outgrown it yet, and the oldest is 13. He understands the need for clothing, but he'll try to wear shorts, a t shirt, and flip flops to school in the middle of winter. He flat out refuses to wear a coat.

February 21, 2011 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger mypixieblog said...

Best line ever: If company is coming over, you must put on pants.


February 21, 2011 at 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bwahahahhahaa!!!! I have 1 girl and 1 boy- they LOVE taking their clothes off! What is up????

February 22, 2011 at 12:24 AM  
Anonymous Laura @SuperGlueMom said...

my kids love being w/out clothes. I nearly peed my pants reading your post. loved it!

February 22, 2011 at 12:50 AM  
Blogger Tracie Nall said...

I have a girl, so I think it might be totally different.

But....I love that you have a pants rule.

February 22, 2011 at 3:13 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Don't have that problem yet, as of right now Sam doesn't understand clothes, but I know I'll be in the clothes trouble later lol.

February 22, 2011 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

Babe just started learning how to take off his shorts and he can get his tshirt off halfway. Right now he is only doing it when he pees or poops and then he takes his diaper off and runs around excited.

I think we will one day have to have a pants rule because my brothers all used to run around in the under roos!

February 22, 2011 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger adrienzgirl said...

I've never had this problem with Kooper. He likes clothes just fine and even in the summertime he typically has both shorts and a shirt on. However, KAMDEN? He wears underwear all the time. No shirt. No pants. No shorts. UNDERWEAR! When he comes home from school? Strips down immediately to his skivvies. WTH?

February 22, 2011 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger  said...

I have all girls, and they are often all 3 naked. At the moment, 2 out of 3 are actually fully clothed! But that is rare. We homeschool and are almost always at home. So if I can even get them to wear underwear, I'm doing pretty well. Shoes...now that's another story! They won't wear shoes anywhere. And I don't really push it because if they do "wear" them, they kick them off as soon as we get there and I end up hunting down shoes when I'm ready to go home. Not fun.

February 22, 2011 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Shell, I'm printing this out and giving it to Tater!

February 22, 2011 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

My girls are polar opposites...they get all sorts of dolled up for dinner. Dress up clothes, tutus. The works!!

February 22, 2011 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger TheBabyMammaChronicles said...

Haha, love the rules. Kaia's not too big of a struggle yet but someday she might be. The girl HATES being bundled up

February 22, 2011 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

OMGosh that is so funny. We had to force our oldest to wear clothes...and he still likes to flash his moon at us (he's 12)! I don't know what it is with butts in our house...but everybody like to share them!!! Except me...I keep it under wraps!

February 22, 2011 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger AiringMyLaundry said...

My daughter loves to be in her underwear. She'll wear her cute outfits when we're out but as soon as we're home, she strips down to her drawers.

February 23, 2011 at 12:20 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

ROFL!!! We had to make clothing rules after the sweet "Papa" from church was traumitized by the 12 little girls in our small group all stripping naked in order to play dress-up.

We still have clothing rules. I don't actually think they care about clothes until they care about the opposite sex.

February 23, 2011 at 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny read!

February 24, 2011 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Kimmer said...

Funny! As a Mom to three boys, I just have to say: Good luck with THAT! At 15, 10, and 9 I am still asking if they have on underwear and telling the 10 yo that hula dancing in nothing but socks is no longer approriate even if one hand covers his privates ;)

February 26, 2011 at 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer Probst said...

OH, thank you, thank you, I thought I was the only one! I am consistently amazed at my two boys' tendency to get naked and streak around the house. They even created their own theme song called. "We are the naked brothers and we hate clothes!" Thank goodness I have finally found the right community of mommies with boys!

March 4, 2011 at 7:18 PM  

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