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Old 05-08-2007, 12:49 PM
 
Location: VA
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The weather has turned warm here in Northern VA finally, after one of the coldest springs ever. I consider this good news because it will help the kids who would hang out side in 40 to 50 degree weather with no coat on.

Yes, I have noticed that kids now more than ever refuse to dress warm anymore. Why? Is it peer pressure or do their bodies just feel warmer than mine does?

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Old 05-08-2007, 02:34 PM
 
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I tyhink the question is why wont you be a parent and make them where clothes outside when it cold? YOU are the Parent
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:58 PM
 
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My kids want their coats and hat and gloves when they are cold. They run around a lot more than I do, and their metabolism is clearly higher than mine. I don't ever tell my kids to dress warmer or colder than their bodies tell them. They never fail to tell me if they need a warmer coat or if they are too hot. They are perfectly healthy kids, and they know what their body is telling them. They also know when they are full, and don't feel the need to finish every scrap of food on their plate (too bad so many adults can't stop when full!).

I am a big believer that it's a skill kids are born with--and letting them keep that skill rather than telling them they need a hat b/c I am cold, not them, will serve them well through life.
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Old 05-08-2007, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Between Here and There
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I tyhink the question is why wont you be a parent and make them where clothes outside when it cold? YOU are the Parent
Well this statement isn't very fair. Just because you send them out with warm clothes doesn't mean they keep them on when they are out of your site.
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Old 05-08-2007, 08:51 PM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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The weather has turned warm here in Northern VA finally, after one of the coldest springs ever. I consider this good news because it will help the kids who would hang out side in 40 to 50 degree weather with no coat on.

Yes, I have noticed that kids now more than ever refuse to dress warm anymore. Why? Is it peer pressure or do their bodies just feel warmer than mine does?
yes it is peer pressure and yes it is metabolisn
but be sure of this
pick your battles wisely with your children
don't worry about the jacket
when they get cold enough they will come in or put something on
I am not sure of any reported cases of a child freezing to death to be like their friends
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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I am not sure of any reported cases of a child freezing to death to be like their friends


My 2 older boys decide if they are going to wear jackets. I do make sure my 9 year old has one in his backpack when he leaves. I use to make them wear them every day but found they were not coming home and would eventually get lost at school. At one point my 9 year old had 5 jackets at school that he kept "forgetting" to bring home. That was the same situation with my older son. It was costing me way too much money!
I just be sure to put in my two sense every day about what I think they should wear.
I also remember as a kid/teenager taking my jacket off when I left the house. I don't remember ever being too cold.
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Old 05-10-2007, 05:33 AM
 
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I tyhink the question is why wont you be a parent and make them where clothes outside when it cold? YOU are the Parent

And there comes a point where you pick your battles with your kids. This is one battle I won't fight with my kids. If they say they are fine with what they are wearing, they are in their body not me. They know if they are hot, cold whatever. If they complain that they are cold in the house I tell them to put on a sweatshirt or whatever but other then that, they can wear what they want.

DS14 wore a winter coat to school about 3 times this year, in Minnesota. His locker was so far away from all of his classes he didn't want to bother going there to put his coat away. I told him I didn't want to hear him whine when his fingers froze off in our sub zero temps and off he went.
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Old 05-14-2007, 05:32 PM
 
Location: SALEM,OR
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The weather has turned warm here in Northern VA finally, after one of the coldest springs ever. I consider this good news because it will help the kids who would hang out side in 40 to 50 degree weather with no coat on.

Yes, I have noticed that kids now more than ever refuse to dress warm anymore. Why? Is it peer pressure or do their bodies just feel warmer than mine does?
SAMER REASON " WHY WONT KIDS WASH THERE HANDS WHEN THERE DIRTY LOL
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Old 05-15-2007, 09:15 PM
 
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I found that children do not like to feel like stuff sausages. Too many parents choose outergarments that are very bulky instead of going for quality clothing that is temperature tested. I only purchased coats from Eddie Bauer or Lands End because they are lightweight and temperature tested. You can bundle up your child in a lightweight outfit that gives them the affordability to move around more easily. The same goes with hats, gloves and clothing. Purchase undergarments that are light but warm and you'll be amazed that the children will wear them.
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Old 05-15-2007, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Princeton-area, New Jersey
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I've had this on/off battle with my 15 year-old son. One year, I thought I'd make a compromise and bought him a down vest. This way, he wouldn't feel like a sausage and he could continue wearing the sweatshirts he preferred over a winter jacket. Although he may not have been as warm as he had been if he wore a full jacket, it's better than nothing! And it's no longer a battle between him and me.

The thing is, even though the weather is warming up, he continues to wear his sweatshirts. So I don't think it's about the temperature at all, I think he just loves his sweatshirts!

And lastly, I was guilty of this, too, when I was a teenager. My mother would make sure I put on a sweater, jacket, hat, and gloves before letting me go to school. It made me so furious to be policed, but once I got out in the cold, I realized-- hey, I'm warm and this feels good!
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