To add this to the bottom of a permission slip?

(69 Posts)
neverputasockinatoaster Thu 31-Jan-13 16:38:11

DS came home with a letter today informing me that his whole year group is going to a sporting event - indoor athletics sort of thing at the secondary school his school feeds into.

The letter gave all details and then included the immortal comment - please ensure all PE kit is freshly washed (no problem there) and ironed.....

AIBU to add - Sorry but I don't iron to the reply slip?

Disclaimer - I have no real intention to do it but DS's school is really pissing me off at the moment and I REALLY REALLY want to! Also they will be travelling on a bus in said PE kit so even if it was ironed before they arrived in school it will look all crumpled and lived in by the time they get to the event. [insert childish smiley]

Arithmeticulous Thu 31-Jan-13 16:44:58

It's all in the folding, anyway.

poppy283 Thu 31-Jan-13 16:46:25

Who in their right mind would iron a pe kit? Madness, Yanbu.

Annunziata Thu 31-Jan-13 16:47:34

It's a bit childish.

It'd only take two seconds to iron a PE kit anyway.

neverputasockinatoaster Thu 31-Jan-13 16:50:14

Ah but Annunziata first I'd have to find the iron, then I'd have to dig the ironing board out of the cubby hole it lives in... said cubby hole is currently hidden behind a mound of stuff I was hiding from my mum last time she stayed.... so that would take AGES!

I'm NOT actually going to write it - I just WANT to write it.

DontmindifIdo Thu 31-Jan-13 16:50:25

I would add "DS's kit wont be ironed as ironing sportswear is a sign of a life being wasted."

Honestly, do people really iron clothes to do sports in??? Really honestly???

BobbiFleckmann Thu 31-Jan-13 16:51:41

if you're ironing in two seconds, it's not done properly so the safest option is simply not to bother. it's clothes to get crumpled and muddy. I wish you would write it, from us ALL.

Annunziata Thu 31-Jan-13 16:52:33

Eh, I iron everything, I don't get the big deal. They could write far worse things!

sukysue Thu 31-Jan-13 16:52:39

I would have to scrape the burnt nylon off my iron from the last time I ironed the PE kit, before I could iron this one.. not worth it yanbu op

littlewhitebag Thu 31-Jan-13 16:53:01

I never iron sports kit of any kind. Just don't do it.

sue52 Thu 31-Jan-13 16:53:23

I love ironing. I even iron tea towels. If you lived near me, I'd offer to do it for you.

valiumredhead Thu 31-Jan-13 16:53:48

I think it's fair enough - they mean have the kit presentable not screwed up and fished out of the ironing basket as the kids are representing the school.

eggandcress Thu 31-Jan-13 16:57:03

Just write that the PE kit will be "radiator smoothed"

CecilyP Thu 31-Jan-13 16:57:44

No need to write anything. As long as the PE kit is reasonably presentable, I am sure nobody will realise you didn't iron it. OTOH, if you really want to, you could put on the form that, unfortunately, you don't own an iron.

neverputasockinatoaster Thu 31-Jan-13 16:58:07

I do accept his kit needs to be presentable and it always is - I do a mean post washing shake!

I WILL have to iron it as DS has seen and read the letter. He has an ASD and worries about rules being broken so if I don't iron it he will be even more stressy and anxious than he already is........

<ponders whether telling a fib to a child with an ASD will see her branded as an evil mum>

Want Dontmind said - go on write it!

manicbmc Thu 31-Jan-13 16:59:27

I haven't ironed anything since 2006.

neverputasockinatoaster Thu 31-Jan-13 16:59:49

eggandcress - grin

CecilyP - DS would drop me in it! grin

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Thu 31-Jan-13 17:00:09

offer to send it in the day before so they can do it if its that important smile

Doyouthinktheysaurus Thu 31-Jan-13 17:00:11

I never iron, they'd luck out with me. My DS would be easily spotted as the one in crumpled PE kitgrin

At the dses school PE kit goes in at the beginning of half term, stays there crumpled in their bag after every use and returns at the end of the half term. The whole school looks crumpled!

DH irons his shirts and the dses polo shirts, if it was left to me they wouldn't be ironed either!

seeker Thu 31-Jan-13 17:00:15

One of my beefs with ds's school is that the PE top is such rubbish quality that it has to be ironed, because otherwise it's so crumpled that even an 11 year old boy notices. And it costs £15.50!

simplesusan Thu 31-Jan-13 17:01:23

I simply run into the gym in a kind of "Oh I've just been on the equipment and it has crumpled my t-shirt" sort of way.
Dc's kit is either tumble dried on vigorously shaken before being put on the radiator to dry.

WilsonFrickett Thu 31-Jan-13 17:01:45

Oh I look forward to the day I get that letter. I haven't ironed since 1997.

bedmonster Thu 31-Jan-13 17:02:54

I had to buy an iron recently - to iron DDs Hama beads grin

Writehand Thu 31-Jan-13 17:03:27

YANBU. I don't iron. Ever. I don't have an ironing board. I do have an iron, somewhere, I think. I haven't used it 20 years.

When I go clothes shopping I scrumple a little bit of the fabric before I try it on. If it crumples on a brief touch, I don't even try it on. The clothes I choose don't need ironing. My DSs wear jeans, hoodies, t-shirts: lots of cotton jersey, as do I.

I appreciate that lots of people enjoy ironing, and others think it's necessary. But I'm with you. Most things look ok if not ironed. Things that look terrible when not ironed are not things I will give house room to. smile

neverputasockinatoaster Thu 31-Jan-13 17:04:16

Thanks all - I was feeling a bit seethy..... DS is being horribly bullied and school is being as useful as a mouldy lettuce so I felt their priorities were a bit off!

I am grinning now and feel better.

I will not write the note but neither will I iron the kit! It will get the usual post wash shake, be radiator smoothed and then folded..........

neverputasockinatoaster Thu 31-Jan-13 17:05:42

bedmonster that made me laugh! Then it made me cry as I remembered the pain of offering Hama beads as a Golden Time activiry and trying to iron 25 models in an hour........

cate16 Thu 31-Jan-13 17:08:25

Well you could just run the iron over it - you don't need to actually plug the thing in smile

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Thu 31-Jan-13 17:10:45

In the time you've taken to compose and respond to this thread you could have ironed the blinking kit.

Just saying. wink

VenusRising Thu 31-Jan-13 17:11:03

Wow, sounds like the teacher / admin person who wrote the note is seriously underemployed if they have spare time to even think about ironing!

I'm also a clothes scruncher in the shops Writehand: if it creases, it's out!

I also can't be faffed with dry clean: everything gets washed at 30 degrees, shaken and hung on hangars to dry, or 60 if its sheets and towels, and air dried.

OP would your DS ever know you didn't, you could just leave the iron out? If you have one / can find itTf,fgfffffffgvv oops ... Cat

greenpostit Thu 31-Jan-13 17:11:09

Yanbu think it but don't write it!

I had a letter from school from a head (older generation, 60+) about ironing the crease into trousers for boys. She hasn't moved with the times enough to realise that you can get cheap uniform trousers which permanently have that crease regardless of whether you tumble dry or hang up.

I think ironing pe kit is lunacy unless you actually enjoy it or want to do it. Personally I tumble everything and fold/hang promptly to avoid any need to iron any school item ever.

Phoebe47 Thu 31-Jan-13 17:12:50

I never iron PE kit. I wash it, tumble dry it (in winter) or hang out and then fold it neatly and put in P.E. bag. Job done and looks perfectly acceptable.

Skittish Thu 31-Jan-13 17:14:16

I once got very twitchy at school as DD had written, " My mummy helps me by ironing my clothes".

I haven't picked up an iron in ten years . shock. I was irked that 1) She'd clearly been prompted and a gender stereotype had been applied and 2) That whoever prompted her felt ironing was a valuable way to help someone.

No iron here either, just a tumble dryer then hung up straight away. I haven't ironed anything, ever.

Skittish Thu 31-Jan-13 17:14:55

I once got very twitchy at school as DD had written, " My mummy helps me by ironing my clothes".

I haven't picked up an iron in ten years . shock. I was irked that 1) She'd clearly been prompted and a gender stereotype had been applied and 2) That whoever prompted her felt ironing was a valuable way to help someone.

jellybeans Thu 31-Jan-13 17:19:08

Just don't bother. As long as not really crumpled. I do iron the PE tops as they are so crumpled but only so they look OK.

Ooh an ironing thread smile.
neverputasockinatoaster Ironing is one of the great divisions on MN don't you know?

I think 1997 is winning so far in ironing one downmanship.
None ironer here and never school clothes, but I may have ironed the odd posh dress since 1997.

DoItToJulia Thu 31-Jan-13 17:23:23

Atf at radiator smoothed...that's going to tickle me every time I do it!

drjohnsonscat Thu 31-Jan-13 17:23:45

That's ridiculous. They can iron it themselves if they want it ironed.

I do not iron. I have liberated myself from that drudgery other than for very particular articles of clothing that I choose to wear on special occasions. No way no how would I iron a child's PE kit. Do they want you to sew it yourself as well?

Andro Thu 31-Jan-13 17:25:09

YANBU to think about it OP.

That said, my DH does all the ironing in this house. He likes his shirts starched and ironed 'just so' and because of that offered to take over the ironing duties - he irons everything (finds it relaxing).

FancyPuffin Thu 31-Jan-13 17:27:55

I don't own an iron hmm

[[ This is the funniest permission slip reply ever]]

FancyPuffin Thu 31-Jan-13 17:28:30



Startail Thu 31-Jan-13 17:29:37

Iron, that's what you do to Hama beads.

catladycourtney1 Thu 31-Jan-13 17:32:51

Don't bother. And don't think you'll be the only one who doesn't. Presumably he'll be taking his kit in a bag anyway, or at least sitting in the car or walking to school in it before anyone sees him, so that can be your excuse ;)

I don't iron anything. Well except for tops in that annoying thin cotton-y material that looks shit if you don't. And when I worked in a supermarket I used to iron my work shirts when I could be arsed

5madthings Thu 31-Jan-13 17:36:58

The only thing that gets ironed in this house are hama beads and dp does that.

Arf at that link puffin

Snorbs Thu 31-Jan-13 17:50:05

You remember that craze for putting crisp packets in the oven and shrinking them?

I suspect my DS's hideously over-priced compulsory PE kit would do that if you so much as waved an iron vaguely in the direction of the sweatshop factory it was extruded made in.

If you were so foolish as to actually put hot iron to nasty fabric it would probably have the same effect as if you'd just drenched it in Alien acid blood.

DizzyPurple Thu 31-Jan-13 17:50:41

FancyPuffin... That link was very funny!

DoItToJulia Thu 31-Jan-13 17:58:28

Snorbs, I do! Snaps packets worked best!

Ironing is a filthy habit and should be stamped out. I quit in 1987 and have never looked back.
I rather suspect that if my younger three DCs saw an iron and/or ironing board, they wouldn't know what it was grin

Yfronts Thu 31-Jan-13 19:08:50

I iron nothing, I'd much rather do other things and my clothes never look creased.

TeaOneSugar Thu 31-Jan-13 19:24:15

I have to say I don't get this not ironing anything, I must be doing something wrong.

Surely you iron work clothes? My work shirts and trousers would look terrible if they weren't ironed.

Skittish Thu 31-Jan-13 19:26:02

My work clothes are jodhpurs so no! grin

blackeyedsusan Thu 31-Jan-13 19:35:38

making heat takes a lot of power,. I think i cba it is my environmental duty not to iron clothes unless in exceptional circumstances such as weddings and funerals.

TeaOneSugar Thu 31-Jan-13 19:52:40

Fair enough I wouldn't iron jodhpurs.

Naoko Thu 31-Jan-13 20:05:56

I don't even own an iron. The last time I ironed something was the summer before I went to uni when my mother decided I needed to learn how. It does help that I work from home and can thus look as non-ironed as I please.

bigbluebus Thu 31-Jan-13 20:27:25

I foolishly iron DSs PE kit and then watch whilst he stuffs it into his PE bag and then stuffs his PE bag into his rucksack and bangs it flat so he can zip the bag up! Ironing PE kit is pointless!

YouOldSlag Thu 31-Jan-13 20:30:23

Just fold it nicely and pretend its ironed. tell your DS you did it when he was in bed.

My DH won't let me iron as he is ex military and says I do it wrong. Oh well.

I couldn't believe that woman with 16 kids who ironed 100 items A DAY. Just bloody fold it woman!

sparkle12mar08 Thu 31-Jan-13 20:44:34

I rarely iron (maybe once every couple of months when I've forgotten to take the washing out of the machine for two days or something) and didn't even own one for over a decade. Never ironed work clothes (govt department, serious management level meetings etc), don't iron school uniform, don't iron h's work clothes, nothing. There simply isn't any need with careful clothes selection and modern fabrics & design.

catladycourtney1 Thu 31-Jan-13 22:12:22

I must say, I'm really glad it's not just me who doesn't iron. I had an inkling that not everyone ironed as much as my mum does, but I still felt a bit of a slob for not ironing anything at all. Now I feel a lot better grin

catladycourtney1 Thu 31-Jan-13 22:13:08

And yes, when you stop doing it, you realise what a huge waste of time it really is.

KatyTheCleaningLady Thu 31-Jan-13 22:16:58

When my kids are old enough to care about looking smart, they can do their own ironing.

stargirl1701 Thu 31-Jan-13 22:18:46

Why can't he iron his own PE kit? He's a secondary pupil, correct? Why would you be ironing anything that belonged to him?

elfycat Thu 31-Jan-13 22:31:54

My iron is for when I do patchworking. I wouldn't want it getting dirty by ironing clean clothes!

chickencurryfor7 Thu 31-Jan-13 22:41:56

I borrow my neighbours iron if there's a wedding or funeral to go to... Mine is a no iron household!

Back2Two Thu 31-Jan-13 22:44:04

I don't thnk they should specify ironed... Just clean and tidy is enough.

I'm in the avoid ironing like the plague camp. Iron school uniform? No.
PE kit? Insanity.

MrsPoglesWood Thu 31-Jan-13 22:44:33

Oh come on stargirl you make your DC iron their school uniform? When I taught DS to iron it was on £1 T shirts from Primark and cheap Top Man jeans or whatever the equivalent was back then in 1999. Certainly not on his ridiculously expensive PE kit or uniform.

But when he was at school I ironed his stuff. He had enough on with homework and working towards GCSEs and A Levels. As soon as he left school and went to Uni - same city, stayed at home - I stopped doing it though. And a very good ironer he is!

I wouldn't bother OP. Can't imagine they will be doing a 'crease inspection.'

AntimonySalts Thu 31-Jan-13 22:45:52

I even iron tea-towels.
I'm also an expert at adding stuff to permission slips. grin

AudrinaAdare Thu 31-Jan-13 23:06:29

Yes, please do it from all of us.

I iron the DC's polo shirts in the summer. In winter any imperfections have dropped out by the time they warm enough to take their jerseys off.

DH irons the occasional shirt. When my youngest started school he was appalled to see me using "Daddy's Iron" shock to do the name labels.

Roseformeplease Thu 31-Jan-13 23:11:00

Please, please do it.

Or write at the bottom, "Life's too short. Next thing you know, you will be expecting me to stuff mushrooms."

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