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My parents watch my children once or twice a week and like to take DS to the park. I'm thrilled that DS gets along with them and that they have the energy to play with him.

The problem is that they have allowed him to ruin 10+ pairs of shoes in the last year and a half. They let him jump in puddles, go in a creek, and wade through mud. I don't mind him getting dirty, but it goes beyond that. His clothes get ruined too.

 

I have told my parents that it is fine for him to get dirty, just not sopping wet. Let him jump in little puddles, not the ones that come up to his knees... They won't do it. Every time they watch him, he ends up needing new clothes and shoes for the ride home. Sometimes I can clean and dry the shoes and they will be wearable again, but there have been times they have been so wet and dirty that they grow mold before drying out!!!

 

Does anyone have some ideas of how I can change my parents behavior in this area? I'm getting tired of DS needing new shoes constantly, or having to wear falling apart ones.


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Send rainboots?
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Thanks, Polliwog! Rainboots never crossed my mind, but they would obviously do the trick.


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I was also going to say send rain boots. But aside from that what about sending an extra set of clothes too and then saying something like "This is his last pair of pants. I just haven't gotten to the store yet to replace the ones he ruined last week." If they're not getting the hint when you're direct maybe they'll get it the other way. Then at least maybe they'll buy him a pair or two. good luck!


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I can also recommend one piece mud/rain suit coveralls- such as muddy buddies - great for little ones who want to get totally immersed in the outdoors. Underclothes stay dry and clean smile.gif

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Thanks for the great advice and product suggestions! I think I'll try to pick up some boots or a one piece coverall in the next few days. I think I may need to look for some cheap shoes for my parents house.


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Sending rain boots and a muddy buddy makes tons of sense
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Alternatively, crocs or jellies can just be hosed off. And you could send him to your parents wearing the same clothes each week so only one set is getting stained.

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Alternatively, crocs or jellies can just be hosed off. And you could send him to your parents wearing the same clothes each week so only one set is getting stained.

Yes, crocs would be better for the warm weather seasons. My son has a hard time running in them though. Does anyone else's children seem to trip and fall more in crocs? I think it is the bulky toe boxes.
Not bad for just mucking around in though.

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Bruna, we haven't tried crocs, but DS falls a lot when he wears sandals.  I love the idea of shoes that can just be rinsed off!


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Crocs are outlawed at my kids school because kids trip so much in them.
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I know from experience that Crocs and water = fall down.  I would go with rain boots and two pairs of clothes that are just for visiting the grandparents.

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Wow, it sounds like crocs are indeed a confirmed hazard! Our's are hand-me-downs, and I was keeping them around for water play!
Thanks folks, I will now will be ditching them before they can cause any more problems.

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Even the ones with the heel strap? I haven't noticed any problems so far. Ours are not square toed though so maybe that makes a difference.

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Agreed that crocs are a hazard. I've personally seen several injuries and they aren't at schools.

My mom always thrifted play clothes for grandmas house.
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 What fortunate children to have such fun! Please do not spoil it for them.

 

I tell my grandchildren that, like Peppa Pig, they must always wear their boots in muddy puddles. Yes, the boots and rainwear will work, and why not just dress them in the already spoilt clothes when they go out with their grandparents? They may be ruined but they must be wearable ****l. A good soaker before washing will fix them up sufficiently.

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Crock alternatives -

 

http://shop.nativeshoes.com

 

Waterproof without the tripping hazard!




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Native shoes are the best! My kids love them, they're indestructible, and can be handed down without looking too shabby. Also, never had a blister from them yet. They run about one size big so be mindful when ordering.
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Ooh, native shoes look great! I'll have to poke around the site a little more. I definitely won't do crocs now. They sound way too dangerous for little kids!

 

The clothes COULD be wearable again, but my mom usually sends them home tied up in a plastic bag and I forget about them in the trunk of the car.... I think I'll ask her to start washing them herself, or I'll provide a muddy buddy.


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I second the suggestion to send him in secondhand or play clothes for outings!  Even though he comes home filthy, it sounds like fun.

 

Also, hiking sandals (like Keens) are perfect for water and creek hopping - rugged, great for running on the playground too, and they dry fast.  This year, I bought the Circo version from Target - so far, so good, and much cheaper than Keens.

 

http://www.target.com/p/toddler-boy-s-circo-henry-hiking-sandals-assorted-colors/-/A-14963774#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=boys+circo+sandal

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The Target ones have not worn well, IME. At least for my DS. We've switched to the Lands End ones.
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I second the suggestion to send him in secondhand or play clothes for outings!  Even though he comes home filthy, it sounds like fun.

 

Also, hiking sandals (like Keens) are perfect for water and creek hopping - rugged, great for running on the playground too, and they dry fast.  This year, I bought the Circo version from Target - so far, so good, and much cheaper than Keens.

 

Thanks, I'll check them out the next time I'm at Target.


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DS broke three pairs last summer. I hope you have better luck.
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Whoa, 3 pairs? Maybe I'll skip those. That's a lot of money down the drain. How long did it take to break each pair?


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