I ask because a neighbor of mine (she's really nice and I know she meant well) saw me leaving our building today and reminded me that it's really chilly out and told me it's not the best weather to be taking DD outside. A friend I hadn't spoken to in a while called me on Monday and I told her I'd just gotten inside from taking DD to play in the snow and she was mortified that I'd take her out in this cold. She said I shouldn't have taken her out in this weather. I find this so odd. Do people in Buffalo hibernate until it warms up?
DD and I are always bundled up well when the weather requires it. I'm someone who really, really doesn't like the cold (for me 40 degrees is more like 30) but I never let the cold prevent me from doing things and going places. I can't imagine being cooped up inside all winter because of the cold.
I don't get it either. I didn't go out yesterday because I wasn't feeling so hot but today, I couldn't not go out. DD and I schlepped over the mounds of snow in our neighborhood to walk to the grocery store. Dressed warm and it felt good. I'm convinced I feel better because I got some fresh air.
I live in Canada and if we didn't go outside in the winter we'd go crazy!!!!! It has to be really cold for us to not go outside because it's "too cold". Sometimes we don't use our car because of bad weather and road conditions, but that doesn't stop us from playing outside.
My school aged kids play outside in all weather, appropriately dressed. I won't go out with the baby (except to and from the car) if it's below 20 out. It's just too cold for *me*. It was 35 yesterday and we all went on a nice walk.
Temperatures were in the teens yesterday (Farenheit) and warmer but still below freezing today & DS and I had a wonderful time both days playing out in the snow. It wouldn't occur to me that it's 'too cold' to be outside, except maybe for a newborn or something (not that I'd stay inside with a newborn, just be more cautious...) I do tend to take DS out much less & for shorter amounts of time because no one is out & about so we get lonely. Plus it's a pain getting all bundled up & sometimes I'm lazy, though I still make an effort to go out to play at least a little most days (and we go SOMEWHERE, indoors or out, pretty much every single day, I hate being cooped up!)
People in Buffalo are getting on your case for going outside in the cold (my whole family lives in Buffalo, and I live a couple of cities down the Thruway)? Really ? Do they not realize that the winter has barely started, and you'll literally go insane if good parenting requires staying inside for the duration of cold weather? 30 degrees isn't even that cold-- practically sub-tropical compared to what it'll be like outside a month from now!
I wouldn't worry about it-- as long as everybody is dressed appropriately for the weather (or you at least have warm stuff with you, lest an independent-minded toddler declare that she Does. Not. Need. A. Coat. and then change her mind). Enjoy the snow!
my pedi said its way too cold to take out a child my DD's age right now...
I take her out but for short periods of time...just to play
I don't not do errands or anything like that.
Young born-again mama and loving wife to DH and SAHP to two crazy girls we and believe !
We live in a warm climate, but we enjoy snow vacations and spend nearly the whole time outside playing in the snow. I know several people who live in cold climates and none of them seem to shy away from spending time outdoors in the winter. I don't like being outside in freezing rain or really harsh wind, but if it's an otherwise nice day and is just cold out (and assuming we had all the appropriate cold-weather clothing) I can't imagine needing to stay indoors.
I think there are a lot of people who still hang onto the idea that it's cold weather that causes colds and flu. This is a very persistent cultural myth we have. I had a student of mine whose mother told me that him having a cold was all his fault, because he refuses to put his gloves on when she tells him to.
it is -29F today. My oldest & the girl she is babysitting went sledding for approx 45 minutes.
I have always taken my kids out on errands when it is super cold. It is ridiculous not to. If we didn't go outside we would do NOTHING for 4-5MONTHS.
When it is colder than today they don't normally go play outside as the risk of frostbite increases.
We have had days where they've walked to school(5minutes if they aren't doddling) when it has been cold enough for skin to freeze in 1 minute.
We don't really have a choice on not going outside in the cold. DS1 is 8 and goes to school and out to recess no matter what the weather is. We have to go places. Even when we had our first really cold snap (below 0F) we still went out to play, we just couldn't miss out on all that snow!
It's minus 10 right now. It has been minus zero, both day and night, for over a month straight. Will be another month, or two, or three, before all the snow melts. Exactly how would that work - not going out?
Put it this way - snow in Florida or Arizona, I'd say stop the press and don't do a thing - except enjoy it. Anywhere else, get on with your life.
We're lucky, we attend a Steiner playgroup, where we're out for the first half of the morning whatever the weather, and the kids (and parents) are expected to wear appropriate clothes.
Seriously, how do people think people in the Arctic Circle live??? That whole "being out in the cold gives you a cold" thing really bugs me. How does that even make sense?? We live in Maryland, so it doesn't get really cold here, which means we go out all the time with just the basics (cheap winter coat, mittens, hat). But a lot of my family lives in Vermont, and they're outside all the time in the winter. My cousin's husband takes their 4 oldest boys (all under 12) hunting in the winter, from Vermont to Maine, for long periods of time, and they seem pretty healthy to me!!
Well, I would, if DS would cooperate!
" I live in Canada and if we didn't go outside in the winter we'd go crazy!!!!!"
Yes, yes, we are going crazy! (And it's only December!!!)
- C + T = DS 08/08 DD 02/12 and D? sometime around March 16/2014
Well, we live in NYC, and going outside is part and parcel of maintaining sanity. I would be surprised if upstate people warned of us cold weather, considering they constantly admonish us for our wussiness when it dumps two feet of snow here in the city. Let the busy bodies dote and complain. We NEED to get outside this apartment to avoid a Troy, Dunkirk, Battle of the Bulge.
If it's cold enough to worry about frostbite, I try to wait for dh to get home before i go out so at least the littler one doesn't have to go out with me. Otherwise, I don't worry about weather. I take even young babies out in the cold.
I've never kept my children inside because it is too cold. The only weather that keeps my children inside is lightening or tornado sirens.
(I've had several parents at school say they do not think children should go outside at school if it is below freezing. So I guess they do not think children should play in snow? )
I don't like taking the kids out if it's below 10 degrees. But that's b/c it hurts my face
Lacey, wife to a published author , mama to (7),(6), our Angel Faith born to Heaven April 2013, (8mo) and expecting another bundle November 2015
I live in Beijing and Chinese people are really obsessive about keeping their kids out of the elements. Every time I take the kids out in the winter I get comments about how cold it is and how the kids shouldn't be out. Every time. People here are also firm believers in the theory that cold, and especially the wind, can cause colds.
I do tend to avoid going out when it is super cold just because I'm a wimp and I hate it. I grew up in the South so the when it gets down to -12C like it was the other day, with strong winds, I'm pretty miserable. But I recognize that the kids can't stay inside for three months, they'd go crazy, so we make an effort to go out and do stuff, even if it is only for a short amount of time.
We go outside in all kinds of weather including the cold. One of my goals as a parent is to raise my DD so she does NOT fear the cold.
I'm surprised a pediatrician would say it's too cold for children. It seems to me that lots of LO's don't get cold so easily -- they have these great little heating systems and they do just fine in the cold. It's the adults who get cold -- not the kids.
We avoid the cold if there is lots of wind. We also do not stay out very long at a time with our 3 and 5 year old, because they get cold quickly. Our 8 year old loves to play outside in the snow and does for long periods of time. He was in and out of the house for most of the day today, and it was about 34 today.
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I grew up in Minnesota. We didn't have outdoor recess if it was well below zero. That's below zero Fahrenheit, or about -18 C. I remember going downhill skiing when it was -17 F (-28 C). It probably wasn't the smartest thing my dad ever did with us, but it was fun and there was no one else on the slopes!
If your child is appropriately dressed and doesn't stay outside too long after getting wet, it's fine.
I find the pacific NW winter weather much harder to deal with. There is only so much you can do in the rain.
My dd loved playing outside in the snow and cold when she was younger. We dressed properly. I always went out with her because she would keep playing even if she lost a mitten or something.
I don't know what too cold is. I think there is a point where it can be too cold to be out for long with wind and such but 30 degrees doesn't seem that cold.
Kim ~mom to one awesome dd (12)