When I’m in stores I’m surprised at how bundled up children are. Not just coats but hats, mittens, and sometimes boots. Often these kids are cranky and fussy and I think it has to do with the fact they are hot. I know from personal experience its difficult to dress and undress kids so its just easier to leave everything on even though the store is plenty warm.
Now with my own kids if its a situation where we are going somewhere by car and the only exposure to the cold will be 1 minute or less when going to and from a heated car to a heated building, we dont have them wear coats (although we do keep them in the car). We quit pushing coats around age 8-10. Even when they were younger I was always quick to take their coats off. My feeling is ones body needs to learn to self regulate temperatures which is why I, being from Dakotas, can handle cold temps better than most.
Now in my growing up my parents were always big on wearing coats and hats because if not, you’d catch cold (they thought). And granted back then a cars heater didnt work so well and when we lived in a rural area there was always the danger of breakdowns and being stranded. My parents are still really freaked when we go someplace we all dont put coats on. Again, we do keep a set in the car for emergencies.
Now kids nowadays, they really push it. About jr. high age its considered uncool to wear a coat and even the kids outside on safety patrol wear only a hoodie. Surprisingly alot still wear shorts to school even in winter.
So I’d like to ask the parents, if your going someplace and you know the car will be heated, do you bundle your kids up? How much? Is it a fight to get your teen to dress warm?