Mimi rolled her eyes at me this morning when she was walking out the door at 6 am and I gave her the news that it was 22 degrees. Well, she rolled her eyes, but then she also ran upstairs and found a shirt with long sleeves.
I know. CPS will probably show up any day now. After all, I'm the mom who made her children wear shoes. And this on TOP of making them observe curfews. How are my children supposed to be
Other moms, who are even meaner than me (I?), but possibly not as experienced, would have even made the kid wear a coat. But I've learned through years of "oh, we have to go back for my coat" and "oh, I don't remember where I left my coat" and "Oh, hey, I think I lost my coat" that if you force kids to wear coats, you will have to create a whole COAT category in your monthly budget. And that would seriously detract from my Sonic budget.
Normally I'm a big proponent of "natural consequences"... but this one baffles me. The natural consequence would be that You. Are. Freezing. Cold.
...But they don't seem to care.
Then when I mention that maybe, possibly there's a chance they are getting SICK because they don't wear appropriate warm clothing, they just come back with all the other reasons they are probably sick, most of which I really don't want to hear about, because they involve things like gum sharing, staying up all night studying (*cough* watching reruns of The Gillmore Girls*cough*), and sending a lipgloss around the English class where every single person used it, even the teacher and wasn'tthatsosick! Well, YEAH it was sick. Really. Really. Sick.
So in choosing my battles, I have forgone the coat battle. But the parent in me says that long pants in January at 6am in Colorado is something I AM willing to battle for. At least it's harder to leave your pants at school than a coat. (... not that it can't be done, mind you.)
We've got a system, though, that works pretty well. Write this down, because you will totally thank me for this idea. Basically, we set the ground-rules and then we let the weather forecasters be the bad guys.
Rule 1: You must wear long sleeves, long pants and shoes that actually cover your feet if the temperature when you leave the house is 32 degrees or less.
Rule 2: Capris and shorts are only allowed on days when the temp is predicted to be 70 or higher.
And that's my whole system.
It's not perfect, but at least it doesn't seem quite as arbitrary to say "it's 22 degrees" as it does to say "No flip-flops because I said so".
Also when Mimi comes home today - mad because she was completely overdressed when it was like 42 degrees and she had on LONG SLEEVES and she was practically suffocating all day long, ---the 9News weather team the will take the blame. All I have to say is
"Oooooo! I'm seeing some scathing email in Nick Carter's future!"
That guy is going to be so confused.