Why Is It So Hard To Get My Kids To Dress Appropriately When It’s Cold?

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Not even some of the kids in Buffalo, New York, wear pants when it’s cold out. Photo couretsy of Susan Corcoran/Today.

I already knew before writing this blog that I am not alone in the constant struggle to get my kids to wear warm clothing when it’s literally freezing out! But, please for the love of pearl, can someone explain to me why they refuse to dress according to the weather? If it’s cold, they wear shorts. If it’s warm, they wear sweatshirts. SMH!

When I was little, I don’t remember having a choice in what to wear. I’m from St. Petersburg, so we didn’t see freezing temps often, but when we did, I recall my mom making sure I had on tights, long sleeves or pants, a jacket, and closed-toed shoes. And there was no argument. Off I went.

My 5-year-old will wear whatever I lay out for him. He loves wearing a hoodie or his jacket — or both. Just like he loves his rainboots and uses his umbrella every chance he can. He seems to have a lot of young sense when it comes to dressing for the weather. My 12-year-old, on the other hand, doesn’t own a jacket and only has a few pairs of pants — many with the tags still on them because they never get worn!

Cue the cold weather and cue my preteen’s refusal to wear anything remotely warm. The funny thing is, he has P.E. first period. So, he’s outside as soon as gets to school, which is often when it’s still very chilly out on a cold day. Every time he walks out the door to leave for the school bus, I ask, “Don’t you think you need to wear pants or a jacket?” The answer is always, “No, I’m good,” he says. “Can you just bring a sweatshirt in case you get cold?” I ask. “Nah, I’m good,” he replies.

I don’t think this is a gender-specific thing, either. I’ve seen plenty of teen girls in sweatshirts and short shorts, even on the coldest of mornings. Do they look cute? Yes. Are they freezing? Probably. And in denial.

Please, someone, help me understand why. Is it just a “cool” phase? Are they truly not cold? Is it an independence thing? Is it what the cool kids are doing?

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I guess I will just give up the constant struggle and go buy myself a cute, warm outfit. And maybe some new boots to go with it so at least someone in this family is warm.

Kerry Schicker
Boy mom. Household CEO. Corporate leader. Outdoor lover. Social seeker. Sun worshipper. Curious traveler. Champagne enthusiast. These words describe me, Kerry Schicker, and contributor for Jacksonville Mom. I first approached founders Vicky and Megan after a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I had a very unpleasant experience with my OB at the time and I needed to get it off my chest so I wrote an anonymous blog that resonated with some of our readers. I have since written dozens of blogs mostly about motherhood. I have a passion for writing. My 20-year career has grown through some form of writing including TV news reporting and producing, magazine publishing, public relations, advertising, marketing, blogging and my current day job doing HR and employee communications for a Fortune 300 FinTech company. I am thankful that Jacksonville has such a supportive community for moms like me, and I can't imagine raising my two boys anywhere else.


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