I banned my son from painting at school – I can’t afford to keep replacing his stained uniform

If you have kids, you’ve probably found yourself scrubbing their stained clothes over and over.

Whether it’s after a day at school or an afternoon at the park, young children always get their clothes dirty.


Mum debates whether to ban her four-year-old son from participating in painting at school after struggling to get stains off his clothesCredit: Getty
Mom explained she tried Vanish and bleach but stubborn stains wouldn't budge


Mom explained she tried Vanish and bleach but stubborn stains wouldn’t budgeCredit: Getty

While some may spill their food themselves, others may enjoy playing in the mud – but regardless, spending time scrubbing the stains isn’t ideal.

A mother has found herself so frustrated with her son’s stained uniforms that she is considering telling the school that he is forbidden from using paint in art class.

The mother took Mumsnet to explain that her four-year-old son has just started school and has already come home twice with paint on his uniform.

Not only that, but the mum claimed that Vanish and even leaving clothes in bleach didn’t remove stains, leaving her stressed out about what to do.

The mum said she had complained at school before and was told the children were using ‘washable paints’ but she doesn’t think that’s true as she struggles so much with stains .

While the mother is fed up with his attempts to remove the stains, she also worries that she cannot afford to constantly replace her son’s uniform, leaving her to wonder whether to ban her son from oil painting. ‘school.

She explained, “My 4-year-old son started a new school.

“Twice so far he’s come home with paint on his white shirt that I can’t get off.

“I washed them a few times, used Vanish, used bleach sachets, and at the end I soaked them in pure bleach.

“Even after two days in pure bleach, the paint didn’t completely come off!

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“The first time I complained [to the school] and they [just] says it’s washable paint.

“The second time I said ‘no it’s not fucking washable because it’s happened again’, and they said no one else had complained.

“If this happens a third time, am I unreasonable to say that he is no longer allowed to use paint at school?

“It sounds mean, but I can’t afford to keep replacing his uniform.”

The mother wondered if she was being unreasonable, but many commenters on the post were divided.

Many of them said that since her son was only four years old, it was not unreasonable for her to send him to school with the stained shirt.

One person said, “Send him the paint shirt, my god.”

While another adds: “What’s the problem if he has a stain on his white shirt? Uniforms never stay spotless, especially not at 4!”

A third wrote, “He’s 4, let him paint, let him enjoy life! Seriously, honestly, it doesn’t matter if his tops are a little stained with paint.”

However, other commentators have wondered why the teacher did not give the little ones aprons to wear while painting.

The mother said her son wore an apron but took it off because he was “too hot”.

She said: “The first time my son said he was wearing an apron but he took it off because he was too hot and then he put paint on his shirt.

“The second time he had it on his collar, which the apron obviously doesn’t have to cover.”

Other Mumsnet uniforms thought the mother was ridiculous for excluding her son from painting.

One user commented, “It would be very unreasonable to say he can’t paint!

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Someone else agreed, “Keeping him from painting is ridiculous.”

Another person said, “As if you’d rather deny your child to paint than make them ‘look messy’. Honestly, cleanliness culture is toxic.

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