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to be ? that a teacher told my dd (6yrs) to wear cycling shorts under her summer dress if she was going to be doing cartwheels?

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mulranno Thu 09-May-13 17:07:10


Margetts Thu 09-May-13 17:09:42

That is utterly ridiculous!!

MorphandChas Thu 09-May-13 17:10:50

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fubbsy Thu 09-May-13 17:12:16

hmm What 6 yo has cycling shorts?

Sirzy Thu 09-May-13 17:13:22

We used to do that when I was at school. Shorts under summer dresses was pretty common.

phantomnamechanger Thu 09-May-13 17:14:29

all the girls at my DDs school wear tight shorts under their summer dresses for this purpose!

maybe the teacher was actullay trying to help, as someonme was teasing DD about seeing her knickers? Maybe teacher did not want the girls to stop having their fun because of silly comments and was trying to enable them to continue?

CashmereHoodlum Thu 09-May-13 17:15:04

Why is it sensible? Unless the 6 year old is wearing a thong?

AgentZigzag Thu 09-May-13 17:15:25

DD1 used to do the same at primary, not because anyone told her to but because she didn't want everyone to see her pants.

What's so bad about it?

outtolunchagain Thu 09-May-13 17:15:30

Very unhealthy on a warm day but seems to be the done thing now

WillYouDoTheFandango Thu 09-May-13 17:16:46

We always used to wear shorts under our dresses at so that we could do handstands. Sounds fine to me.

Dahlialover Thu 09-May-13 17:17:04

knickers are not as substantial as they were when I was that age sad

ShatnersBassoon Thu 09-May-13 17:17:17

I can see both sides. The teacher is encouraging the children to be modest, but a young child's underwear isn't 'rude'. I'm not sure at what age modesty should be encouraged tbh.

Anyway, it's fairly common practice for primary school girls to put shorts on under summer dresses.

MyShoofly Thu 09-May-13 17:17:35

I also think its not such a bad idea? She is school aged so not a horrible suggestion that tight shorts under skirts would be more appropriate for running around and playing. Just my two cents.

Greythorne Thu 09-May-13 17:18:48

I have never in my life heard of shorts under summer dresses.

When it is warm, the point of a summer dress is that it is cool.

I utterly refute that little girls should get hot in order to save others from a potential glimpse of their knickers.


HumphreyCobbler Thu 09-May-13 17:18:51

knickers are covering her up and I see no need for extra covering.

This is silly

phantomnamechanger Thu 09-May-13 17:19:48

is the teacher male or female , and does it make a difference in your eyes OP?

I think it is perfectly reasonable for the school to suggest this. Cuts down on silly comments from some of the boys, prevents girls being so self conscious leaving them free to have their fun. Maybe the staff know something the parents don't about eg the man who lives opposite and likes to watch the little girls?

And I am sure there are schools who ban cartwheels and handstands for health and safety reasons, so at least yours is better than that!

NadiaWadia Thu 09-May-13 17:19:51

A 6 year old should not have to worry about this.

WilsonFrickett Thu 09-May-13 17:21:30

Teach the boys not to make silly comments then! Utterly ridiculous - knickers are coverings.

*Mother of a boy, btw.

ChunkyMonkeyMother Thu 09-May-13 17:22:38

This was made a rule when i was at primary - people were outraged - until the head disclosed that the reason it had been brought in was because a number of girls in y5 &6 had started their periods and had been teased by other children when doing handstands etc because they saw their sanitary wear - it was the most fair option and people just got on with it

heymammy Thu 09-May-13 17:23:55

My dd1 is nearly 10 and still doesn't give a shit if she shows her knickers in the playground. Her pants are covering her privates so why do we feel the need to cover her pants?

Margetts Thu 09-May-13 17:25:10

Smiling to myself as most girls in my DD school wear summer dresses with tights as it still so cold !!

CwtchesAndCuddles Thu 09-May-13 17:26:09

I'm just grateful if dd remembers her knickers - at 6 she was spotted in the yard doing cartwheels without any.................

I still die a bit everytime I remember the conversation with her teacher on pick up from school she was trying very hard to keep a straight face!

squoosh Thu 09-May-13 17:26:31

Sounds crazy to me. Knickers cover what needs to be covered.

TheSmallClanger Thu 09-May-13 17:26:31

Why does she have to wear a summer dress at all if they are that problematic? Can she wear trousers or shorts on their own?

quoteunquote Thu 09-May-13 17:26:45

Would she be allowed to do a cartwheel in a swimming costume?

or does she have to wear shorts when she goes swimming?

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