The innocent laundry question on Facebook that caused a storm.
Do you wash your kids’ uniforms every day?
Come on. Seriously. You don’t? Well that’s frankly just bad parenting isn’t it?
I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s “gross”, or “disgusting parenting”.
I’m not sure I’d use the term “unfit”.
But others would.
Have I insulted you? I don’t mean to.
I am just surprised you don’t have more pride in your children…that you don’t care about them enough to send them to school in clean clothes.
Okay, you might have either figured out I have my tongue firmly in my cheek OR if not – you’ve sworn at me – a lot.
But in all honesty I didn’t realise this was such a very emotive issue.
But it is.
And it was firmly ignited on the Mamamia Parents page last week when a simple Facebook question about how often you wash the uniforms garnered nearly 600 comments.
And most of them not particularly nice at all.
A bitter back and forth, insults and swipes, digs and straight-out nastiness.
All over washing kids' clothes.
The question asked was whether you wash your children’s uniform every day or performed “the smell test”. This is a select few responses:
That's gross in my opinion. Sending my child off to school with freshly clean clothes, to me, is taking pride and teaching your kids cleanliness. Nice clean fresh clothes/uniforms everyday and clean jammys every night."
"Yes, yes, you’re all just wonderful for washing every day. CLEARLY your priorities are in order. My trampy, trashy smelly children get more time with mum. What are your kids getting besides an uptight mum?"
"No way am I washing a bloody uniform everyday!! Smell test on the shirts for the 11 year old boy but the 7 year old goes 3 days unless soiled."
"I kinda think your children's hygiene is a huge priority."
"If you are washing every day you are anal."
And on it went, and on.
Some took the moral high ground that it was bad for the environment, others who claimed they lived with tank water said that they themselves washed every day.
Some wondered why you just didn’t buy your kids five uniforms, one for each day (er, “the expense” cried the critics).
Others claimed that not washing every day was just a breeding ground for germs.
"Germaphobes” was the cutting remark straight back at ya.
Now I’m going to be upfront here and tell you that I am firmly in one camp.
I wash every day. Every night my kids' uniforms go in my overloaded machine and litres of water get swilled down the drain.
(Okay let’s get this out too - yes we recycle, yes we have a large rain water tank and yes we contribute regularly to several well known charities.)