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I send my kids to school in UNIFORM on World Book Day – I don’t have time to make costumes, but I don’t get labeled as lazy

Sarah Hughes, 40, will not be sending her children to school in costume for World Book Day and will not be ashamed of her decision.

Sarah lives in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear with her husband Rob, Company Director, 40, and three boys, 11, nine and four.

The mother finds that World Book Day puts a lot of pressure on parents

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The mother finds that World Book Day puts a lot of pressure on parentsPhoto credit: thegoodthingistough.co.uk

She says costume making has become a competitive sport between parents, and she wants her children to focus on reading.

Bent over a stack of cardboard, glue, and materials, I took a long swig of wine.

It was March 2019 and the evening before World Book Day.

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Clutter was strewn all over the floor around me as I tried to construct a crown for my son, exhausted after working a 12 hour day as a copywriter for a website.

The kids were asleep and the only person left awake was me trying to make the perfect costume for my third boy.

I was exhausted, exhausted and running out of foil, wine and patience.

Every time I tried to make the crown it wouldn’t glue properly and fell apart.

That’s when the costume making for World Book Day and the exhaustion that came with it broke me.

I cracked and am proud that I did.

I swore to myself “never again” – now the boys go to school in their uniforms.

In an instant I was shocked into reality and it changed my life.

I didn’t have time to make costumes.

I realized that World Book Day was the thin edge of the wedge and it broke me.

It puts an enormous amount of pressure on mothers and fathers, but especially on mothers.

We’re expected to make the perfect costume and it’s mind-blowing.

But it’s less about celebrating reading and more about who can afford to spend the most.

The day is a bizarre competitive sport for parents to show off their costume making skills.

Parents are using World Book Day to brag on Instagram and TikTok.

Looking at social media made me feel like I was up to my ears in Sellotape, like a failure.

The stress that World Book Day brought was overwhelming and I knew it wasn’t what it was supposed to be about.

It had turned into a weird costume contest and we had missed the point of the day.

Instead of sending my sons to school in fancy costumes, I waved them off in their usual uniforms with a stack of books.

As I walked to the school gates, I admitted to feeling a wave of guilt.

But then two other moms, who also wore their kids in uniform, joined me and said they were grateful that I was also bucking the trend.

I want my children to value reading and actually learn to read rather than dress up in an outfit that isn’t even associated with a book

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School was also supportive, especially when I pointed out that not all parents could afford a costume, had the time to make one, or even had the skills to do so.

My boys have been wearing their uniforms ever since and love doing a special World Book Day report and donating books they finish reading to charity.

My mini-costume rebellion also helped avoid arguments.

My kids used to fight over what to wear.

One envisioned a movie hero outfit and when I said it wasn’t a book they disagreed, unable to tell the difference.

I see children wearing their favorite football jersey or even computer game outfit on World Book Day and I have trouble explaining to my children how that is literature.

So I’m not ashamed of my decision and I won’t feel guilty, selfish or lazy for ignoring it.

I want my children to value reading and actually learn to read rather than dress up in an outfit that isn’t even associated with a book.

Housewives may have time – but for us working mothers it’s just too much effort!

Sarah also recommended donating Book Help Internationala charity dedicated to changing lives through books.

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Sarah isn't the only one sending her kids in school uniforms for World Book Day - others have joined her, too

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Sarah isn’t the only one sending her kids in school uniforms for World Book Day – others have joined her, tooPhoto credit: thegoodthingistough.co.uk
The mother pointed out that not everyone has the time, resources, and skills required to make costumes

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The mother pointed out that not everyone has the time, resources, and skills required to make costumesPhoto credit: thegoodthingistough.co.uk
For many, Harry Potter is a World Book Day classic

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For many, Harry Potter is a World Book Day classicCredit: Alamy

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