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Old 11-20-2012, 01:55 PM   #11
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my ds won't wear one either. I do make him bring one...he has used it a time or 2.

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Old 11-20-2012, 02:09 PM   #12
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I would force him to at least carry one...just a light one. (so he can go out to recess) But, I wouldn't make him wear it. He'll figure it out eventually.
this is how I feel.

We're in Idaho and it's cold. and windy. And DD and I don't wear coats unless we're specifically going to be outdoors. For trips to the car or into buildings, I put a blanket on her in the car and call it good. Sometimes if it's extra cold, I'll put a hat on her, but I still don't usually put a coat on her.

so, have him take one for recess, but I wouldn't worry about it between the house and the car and then into school.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:14 PM   #13
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Maybe hes just hot? I never wore a coat even in the winter as a kid and still dont. I'm super hot natured. I wear t shirts year round. It has to be like super duper cold before I even put on long sleeves. Just make him take it but he doesn't have to wear it unless he gets cold.
Ds1 is the same way. I just pack a jacket in case but he often doesn't want anything.
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He he he. I thought you were going to write about weight gain over the holidays...
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:28 AM   #15
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I honestly wouldn't worry about it. I think kids know if they're hot or cold and if they need more or less clothing. We live in Minnesota, and only if we're going to be outside for a long time do we wear coats. We keep winter coats in the car for emergencies, but generally we just wear sweatshirts. Yesterday was 45 outside and we were out for awhile in t-shirts and pants.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:36 AM   #16
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He he he. I thought you were going to write about weight gain over the holidays...
That only pertains to me, not to the skinny boys in my house!
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I would layer shirts and let it go. Will he wear an undershirt? Otherwise make him at least take the jacket with him but not fight him to put it on.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:15 AM   #18
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Re: The battle of the bulge

Relating to the topic at hand, a more subtle way to address the issue would be longjohns. About 9 months out of the year, I live in longjohns (bottoms and/or tops), layered under whatever else I'm wearing. If he'd wear underlayers, a coat may be less necessary.
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Does the school object to him not having a coat? Will he not be aloud outside with the other kids, etc? <-- if that is the case, could you treat wearing a coat when it's cold similar to not running out into a busy street: it's not an option or discussion point.

You could teach him to read a thermometer and put a big mark on there for when a coat is needed, so he can be more in control, but make it a fact, not a choice.
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I honesty don't see the big deal about wearing a coat. If it's 49 degrees I'm not wearing one either. I hate coats and unless it's very very cold I'm not wearing one I'm talking below zero. They're annoying and bulky and get in the way....I feel the save way about clothes but I'll wear them in public since it's the law
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