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Posted Wed, December 8, 2010 8:45am EDT

Is It OK For Kids To Go Out Wearing Pajamas? Experts Tell HollyBaby It's A Bad Idea.

Violet Affleck and Suri Cruise look like they rolled directly out of bed and onto the street! Do you think it’s OK? Vote!

Suri Cruise reportedly has a wardrobe worth more than $3 million, so why do we keep seeing the 4-year-old out in public in PJs and slippers? “Whatever she wants to wear, she wears it,” says doting dad Tom Cruise. “I’m not going to tell her different.” Sure, parents know that you need to pick and choose your battles, but experts say this is one wardrobe war you should wage.

Social psychologist, Dr. Susan Newman, author of The Book of No: 250 Ways to Say It – and Mean It, feels that parents like Tom, 48, and 31-year-old Katie Holmes need to tweak their parenting style ASAP and get Suri out of her fluffy slippers and into street clothes. “Kids might ask to wear their pajamas and occasionally it is fine, but repeatedly doing it is ridiculous,” Dr. Newman tells “As a parent your job is to teach your child how to behave in the world outside of your family and how to relate to that world and you don’t relate to it by still being in your nightclothes at 2 o’clock in the afternoon,” she adds.

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Diane Phillips, a Philadelphia-based school counselor, agrees that something that seems as inconsequential as a public display of pajamas can lead to future problems. “Too often children come to school unprepared for the rules and responsibility that the educational system expects due to too many freedoms given to them at an early age,” says Phillips. “While there has to be a balance between expressing individuality and conforming to societal norms, children are impressionable and will benefit from learning boundaries at a young age as there is no way to escape these rules as adults.”

And it’s not just girls like Suri and 5-year-old Violet Affleck who are doing it — Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s son, Kingston, 4, has also been sporting his jammies in broad daylight. “Kingston’s whole thing is, ‘I need, I need.’ He is insane right now,” mom Gwen confesses. “We’re just hoping for the best and that he’s not going to turn out to be a freak.”

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Dr. Newman suggests that Gwen, 41, and Gavin, 45, might want to enforce tighter boundaries to ensure their son’s proper social development. “Parents should be taking charge. Children want their parents to make rules, even though they act like they don’t,” she explains.

So it’s official — Suri, Violet, Kingston and 48-year-old Sheryl Crow‘s son Wyatt, 3, look super cute in their pajamas, but it’s in their best interest to leave them in the bedroom! We’re curious, HollyMoms, do you let your kids go out in pajamas or do you insist that they get dressed?

–Amy Harper

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