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November 16, 2012 5:32 PM Subscribe
My child hates/refuses to wear outdoor clothing? HELP!
posted by white_magnolia to human relations (47 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Our wonderful daughter has never liked winter clothing. She complains it is restrictive, uncomfortable, and hot. In fact, she throws a tantrum when she has to wear any of the following: a hat, winter coat, or snow pants. However, we live in a place with very cold winters. Now that she is in school, her school requires that she come to school with ALL of the above. This morning is typical of the situation. We spent 10 minutes getting her coat and snow pants on. She then had a full on tantrum on the floor that everything was too uncomfortable or cuddly; this lasted an additional 10 minutes. I finally got her in the car, and she wanted her coat and mittens off (uncomfortable in her booster seat) 5 minutes. Then got to school and she had a tantrum in the car because she didn't want to put her coat back on for 10 minutes. When I finally got her to school (late), I was exhausted and almost in tears. This happens every morning. She would be happy with a coat (unzipped) and no hat, mittens, or snow pants, but it is winter, and we get disapproving looks from her teacher. On the way home, it is the same thing in reverse. She wants to take all her winter stuff off in the car (too uncomfortable, too hot). She screamed and a had a tantrum for most of the way home because of her snow pants; the coat came off. This is easily adding an additional 30 minutes in the morning, not to mention the time after school. We have in turn tried being 1) Firm 2) Sympathetic 3) Compromising, but nothing seems to work. I am exhausted. I can't handle four more months of this! I don't want to fight with her, but I can't let her get frostbite either.