I am not one of those people. On Thursday morning, my son arrived in the kitchen, fully dressed, which sounds like a good start. However, I sent him back to his room, as he was supposed to be wearing his sports uniform.
This did not go down well.
"I'm not wearing my sports uniform"
"Yes you are, I just got a start of term note from your teacher saying sports uniform on Thursdays and Fridays"
"That's for girls, I can do sports in my normal uniform"
I saw his point, sports uniform being woven nylon shorts with knit poly shirt,and formal uniform being woven poly shirt and woven poly shorts (dresses for girls), these poly shorts having been sneakily exchanged for woven cotton shorts by his heat conscious mother. However, I don't think annoying the school about uniform is appropriate behaviour, so we continued the conversation through his bedroom door.
"I hate my sports uniform"
"The shorts are too small"
"Rubbish, the last time you wore the shorts was only 3 weeks ago, last term, how can they be too small"
He emerged from the bedroom. I had to eat humble pie. The shorts were far too small.
My son then told me that he had been wearing his formal shorts all last term for sports.
I had not even noticed (admittedly, both sets of shorts are supposed to be knee length and navy blue, and are not particularly distinctive, other than one having a waistband and fly and the other having an elastic waist without fly front.
My son and I discussed the reasons for informing his mother about too small clothing at times other than immediately before school.
I wrote an "I am a disorganized mother, who cannot send her child to school in the correct uniform, please don't give him detention" note to the teacher.
He cunningly left this behind.
Having the morning off work, I made a new pair of sports shorts, instead of more amusing sewing, under the influence of maternal guilt.
They are an adaptation of Burda Style 02-2013-146, which are actually a pattern for formal trousers for boys in my son's size range. (The previous shorts pattern stopped about 3 sizes ago, and I thought it was time to stop lengthening it and trace out a new one)
(See the grimace on the the boy model? There was a grimace like that on my boy too, when I took the photo, but he doesn't want it on the blog)
I left in the front pleats and back darts, my son's girth being lower on the Burda size chart than his height, but did not use the fly front, and added elastic to the waistband. I also straightened the leg a little for a more baggy sports shorts appearance.
Then I discovered two pairs of child's size 10 uniform sports shorts in the hand-me-down box.