There has been much debate on the school run now becoming the school runway. And I had no idea that I when I was asked to comment on what I thought about this new phenomenon for ParentDish last month I had no idea it would lead to me being on the Alan Titchmarsh show this afternoon. The original article is here:
How did the school run become the school runway?
Yep, this afternoon on ITV I am on the Alan Titchmarsh show debating the nonsense that is women wearing full make up and stilettos to drop their children at school. With a lady who does who school run in 7 inch spikes having got an hour before she needs to do to do just that.
<RUNS ROUND SCREAMING WITH PANTS ON HEAD>
We recorded it on Tuesday and I have to say it was a blast. Everybody involved with the show was just lovely. Including my opponent though alot of effort was made to keep us apart before filming. There is something kind of weird sitting in a make up room having your face fake tanned whilst Myleene Klass and Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen discuss leopard print in the background. This is after I introduced myself to Myleene by saying “Hi, I am Mummy Barrow, I interviewed you for my blog ahead of the Big If Campaign this summer”. She looked bemused for a nanosecond and said “oh I remember”. I don’t think she did.
So my rant is about women that feel they have to dress up for the school run, do it in heels, with a full face of make up, with the latest must have posh hand bag. Now, I must point out that my original point was about women who do it specifically FOR the school run. Not because the school run is en route to work.
My beef is about how it defines how we see them, how our children see them. How it becomes THE most important thing about them and their day. And I think that is wrong. I think we should be defined by what is on the inside. By who we are. Not whether our lipstick is from this year.
My opponent, Rosa, countered my claim with “well I would rather my children grew up knowing that we should be smart and not in a hoodie like a chav”.
Does wearing a hoodie make you a chav?
I would rather my children knew about respect for people whatever they are wearing.
My main point, and I can’t remember if I make it or not is that people can feel intimidated by the seemingly always perfect woman at the school gates. Yes, I get that it might be her armour that helps her get through her day. But what about teh woman with post natal depression that is made to feel inadequate by that woman. Who always turns up with baby sick on her t-shirt and hair not washed for a few days.
Does that make her inferior? Does that mean she doesn’t care about her appearance? Does that mean she is teaching her children to be slobs?
Or does it mean that she has used every ounce of energy after being awake for 36 hours with a colicky baby to just get to the school gates. That she has concentrated on making sure her elder child has dinner money, their homework diary signed and their PE Kit, foregoing any time for personal grooming of their own.
I want women to stop judging women. To stop trying to get one over on each other. To stop trying to be superior and saying “look at me”. Or just showing off because they have children at school with a celeb’s kids.
Maybe we need school uniform for adults
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