I am a two shoe mom. What I mean by that is my children don't leave the house unless they are fully clothed (and neither costumes nor pajamas are considered clothes in our house), have brushed hair and teeth and you have two shoes on your feet. Sometimes when I am in Target and I see a kid with two different shoes and jammies eating an oreo for breakfast I have the opposite reaction than you might expect. A secret little part of me envies that mom.
I would have to believe that that Mom doesn't stress herself out each morning getting it all done. I wonder if that child will grow up to be a more free thinker when they grow up. A small part of me wants to be "that Mom" when I grow up.
But which is "right"? Do we not teach our kids about societal norms (and let's face it we all have to abide by them to some degree) by showing them how to leave the house in the morning? Or are we supposed to foster their independence by letting them choose? I'm not sure which is right. Maybe somewhere in the middle.
For now I'm not sure I have it in me to allow my kids to sport their Dora PJ's at Target. Maybe someday...