Just curious what you all think. Dd is 7 and I almost never say yes or no to this. She is very active and we walk a lot. She often takes off her coat in the middle of winter (Nova Scotia) when she is running around. I don't see the problem with this. I am a runner myself and I know I don't wear a winter coat when I'm out running, no matter what the temperature! She always has appropriate clothing available. I don't find she gets sick any more often (probably less) than other kids she hands out with. But other parents definitely seem to be uncomfortable with this. It makes it harder for them to enforce their own rules and I get the impression they think I'm extreme with this. I say, it's her body and how can I know if she's hot or cold? I want her to learn this for herself. She is never forced to go cold, even when she makes what turn out to be the wrong choices of clothing.
The only times I will intervene are if it's really going to make a lot of extra work for me; like if she has chosen not to wear rain pants and she then wants to get her clothes dirty in a mud puddle, I will probably say no.
There are SO many other things to battle about. I'm not talking about no hats and gloves walking to school in winter (unless, again, she's carrying them). But I'm surprised how many parents insist on coats no matter how much their children complain about being hot. Another parent who I really respect said that when they sweat, it chills them after they stop moving and the dampness can make them sick. Is this true?