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Old 05-10-2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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My daughter and her unfastened pants

My daughter is 4, 5 in September. She attends pre-k in the district. When I picked her up today, her jeans were obviously unfastened and wide open. I asked her to button them in the hall and she whined and said she couldn't. I'm pretty alarmed that they would let her walk around like that. Should I chill out?

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Old 05-10-2013, 10:36 AM   #2
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I wouldn't be worried, personally. I taught kindergarten and I wouldn't necessarily have noticed a child's pants being unfastened. If I had, I would have had them fasten it but probably wouldn't have fastened it myself (sadly, you can get in trouble for those kind of things nowadays - touching their clothes in a sensitive area). I would not assume that the teachers knew her pants weren't fastened and just ignored it.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:41 AM   #3
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Sadly it's a legal thing most likely. Teachers can't touch "there". Even in my sons prek class they couldn't help with the wiping during potty training, so I'd assume doing a pans zipper and button is probably off limits too.

Ten again I'm also one who lets our kids (and us) walk around mostly unclothed or with as little as we can get away with so...

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Re: My daughter and her unfastened pants

I would just take it as a sign she's not able to do up jeans herself and only send her in elastic waist pants in the future.
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Re: My daughter and her unfastened pants

I would only send her in pants she can do by herself from now on.
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Re: My daughter and her unfastened pants

My DD can't do jean buttons and the like, so I only send her to school in elastic waist stuff. The teachers are not allowed to help. It makes finding clothes hard sometimes because SO many clothes in size 5 are not elastic.
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When my daughter attended pre-K, we were told on the first day "I will not be buttoning their pants, or tucking in shirts, so make sure your child is able to do his or her own pants". (At least we were told, and it was written in the handbook at least twice)

I suggest buying her clothes she can manage on her own. I'm sure the teachers were as horrified that she wore clothes she can't fasten as you were to discover they won't button them for her.

But, they should have made that very clear if that is the case. I don't see why they wouldn't tell everybody.

In this litigious society, I don't feel comfortable touching kid's pants either. So, she'd either dress herself, or go undressed.
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The principal said that it was unusual and they don't have a policy against assisting the children.
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And seriously, a max of 16 children and two adults, and they didn't notice my daughter's pants were wide open?
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I bet she had just gone potty and then couldn't fasten.

My almost 4 year old can't do buttons yet so I try to do elastic waist shorts/pants if possible, esp if at school. I know some schools ban overalls for this reason!

I bet nobody saw her tbh. Busy at the end of day and all that.


I just had a mom complain to me that the school didn't see her DD had pink eye that day. Well the girls bangs were all over her face so I'm not surprised!
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