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The Boy With No Brain Meets Mr Freeze December 6, 2007 7:58 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Health, Noah, Of Being Dad
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It’s cold outside. I mean I can see my breath! Since the Boy Scouts are preparing for a winter camp we are talking about frost bite, hypothermia, layering and so forth. This past Monday, one of the adults experienced in winter camping came out in full cold weather attire and explained the importance of clothing, and layering clothing,to the scouts.

I need to start waking Amy earlier. Her morning tantrums over the wrong clothing being out made us miss the bus for a week. I think she is enjoying the carpool lobby but she also enjoyed the bus. After taking her to school this morning, I return in time to see the high schoolers making their way to the bus stop each wearing a thin shirt and for show they have their inadequate windbreakers on but not zipped declaring they are tool cool for warmth. It bugs me but they are old enough to both know better and to suffer the consequences. Then I catch the middle schooler shortcutting between two houses with no jacket at all! He just had the course Monday night on the importance of proper winter attire! On shout later and he is bee lining it back to the house. I catch him at the house for half a Reflection (that’s Boy Scoutese for socratic questioning) and half a lecture (I’m not real good at socratic questions). Then send him, wearing coat, running to the bus stop. I bet the coat does not come home.

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1. Missyb64 - December 6, 2007

Feel your frustration! Our teen daughter is allergic to coats & also close-toed shoes. Example: we went to Dollywood for the Christmas Lights not too long ago and her clothing choice was a thin hoodie with 3/4 sleeves and flipflops… it was 42 and expected to get colder as the night went on. We made her change shoes, but she wouldn’t change the whole “no jacket” thing. We are getting her a coat for Christmas… hopefully she will wear it, but I’m not taking bets.