Mom Is Adamant That It’s Okay To Send Your Kids To School In Stained Clothes

Raising kids can be expensive. Research from LendingTree shows that the cost of raising a child from birth to the age of 18 is around $240,000. Daycare, after-school clubs, transportation, food – the expenses are endless. Clothes also fall into this category, as kids don’t really have that much discipline for not being messy, so they might need new ones more often than adults do.

That’s why one mom says she simply can’t afford to buy her preschool daughter new clothes every time she stains them. The mom, Marla Branyan, shared her opinion on why it’s okay if your kid goes to school with a stained wardrobe. Stained does not equal dirty, she says. However, she got mixed reactions from people, as some disagreed.

Kids can be messy: they eat, they paint, they sometimes play in the mud, and their clothes get stained

Image credits: Matthias Zomer (not the actual photo)

One mom explained that she doesn’t think sending kids to school in stained clothes is such a bad thing

“This is your reminder that it’s okay to send your kids to school in clean, stained clothes.”

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“I have a three-and-a-half-year-old. She goes to preschool. She stained these while at preschool. Why would I not send her to school in the stained clothes that she stained at school?”

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“I’m not sending my kids to any type of school, no matter what age, in their Sunday best. It’s just not happening. Unless they are naturally a less of a messy kid than my precious little three-and-a-half-year-old baby girl.”

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“She messy. She’s living her best life, and I will continue sending her in the stained clothes because I can’t afford to keep replacing these pants every single week. Okay, I can’t.”

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“And Goodwill only has a variety of patterns. They don’t have plain stuff.”

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Her video went viral and now has over 1.2 million views

@marla_branyan I think most preschool teachers and daycare providers would actually prefer kids NOT be in their nicest/name brand clothes bc it takes some pressure off the teachers/providers to help keep those clothes as clean as possible. Kids need freedom to be messy and dirty, and that preschool and daycare age is a great opportunity for that. #daycare #preschool #parentsoftoddlers #toddlersoftiktok #parents #parentsofpreschoolers #parentsoftiktok #daycareprovider #daycarelife #daycareworker #preschoolteacher #preschoolmom ♬ original sound – ᗰ ᗩ ᖇ ᒪ ᗩ 🔆

She explained her rationale in a follow-up video

@marla_branyan Replying to @Urban People Cleaning Our intentions matter & knowing which direction we’re more inclined to go (lazy or perfectionist) is helpful in determining why we do what we do & why we make the choices we make. ❤️ #daycare #preschool #parentsoftoddlers #toddlersoftiktok #parents #parentsofpreschoolers #parentsoftiktok #perfectionism #controlfreak #cleanfreak #parentsoftiktok #daycareprovider #daycarelife #daycareworker #preschoolteacher #preschoolmom #greenscreen ♬ original sound – ᗰ ᗩ ᖇ ᒪ ᗩ 🔆

The mom got mixed reactions from people: some agreed with her


Others had a different opinion


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