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That's what my almost 13yo just said to me. She complained about being cold and I suggested she put on a pair of socks. I mean, <b>I'm</b> wearing wool socks and a flannel shirt! And nobody else in the house is complaining- DD2 and DS are happily barefoot, but not cold, and a 5yo guest is wearing winter clothes and socks (she took her wet shoes off though.)<br><br>
What on earth is wrong with wearing winter clothes during the wintertime?<br><br>
DD1 is now watching TV under a blanket, but I know she'll complain again later.
 

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My husband does the same thing! It's like he wants to defy nature or something...he wants the ac on high in the summer and the heat on full blast on in the winter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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My dh too! He does wear flannel jammies most of the time now, but still complains and wants to wear shorts in the house in the winter time.
 

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Socks is bundling up? I usually wear 2 pairs of socks at my boyfriend's house, his kitchen tiles are freezing!<br><br>
And at home I figure I can't turn the heat above 61 unless I have a hat on and I'm still cold.
 

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Ditto on the socks=bundled! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> We wear long undies, pants/long shirts, and a polar fleece top along with socks anfd felted slippers. If we get chilly we add a hat or fingerless gloves. I keep an eye (or a hand) on 6mo dd's extremeties, but our 2.5yo doesn't seem to have a problem with it.<br><br>
Of course, different people run at different temps...I'm usually cold (and bundled up) when dh and dd1 are fine.<br><br>
Would your dd enjoy/be happier with something like wool slipper socks or felted slippers?
 

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I'm cold blooded, so I know exactly where your 13yo is coming from. I spent many hours huddled over a floor heating vent at my parents house with a blanket on top to trap all the heat underneath it with me. Maybe if she wants to start babysitting for money to pay for extra heating... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Now I have two wood stoves in the house and a hubby who likes going wood cutting. My little ones run around in their diapers/underwear all the time. I'm sitting here in a tank top, fleecy pants and socks (because I took my snow boots off) and it's 84*F in the living room (33* outside).
 

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It just seems ludicrous to me that she's complaining of the cold when the 3 other people who live here (plus one guest at the time) were perfectly comfortable!! And she was wearing a thin cotton skirt and thin cotton LS t-shirt at the time (I'm not sure if she has leggings on today or not.)<br><br>
The fact that she doesn't have many winter clothes probably isn't helping matters- her dad hasn't been very reliable with the child support lately and his kids are suffering for it. DD1, being the oldest and biggest, doesn't have any hand-me-downs to wear.
 

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That's it, I am moving in with Lanna.
 

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Sounds like typical preteen behavior to me. Maybe some of her friends have heat full blast at their houses. Maybe it would help to sit down with her and give her some education about energy, environment, costs, etc. and also listen to her ideas in a respectful problem-solving discussion. If that doesn't sound productive, I'd just ignore it.
 

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I never put on the A/C, but I love a toasty house in the winter. I personally hate being bundled up. I am now though. We are keeping our heat a bit lower this year. Maybe you could get her a really comfy, warm set of thermal jammies and some warm slipper socks for the holidays.<br><br>
I am totally putting a wood stove in my next home, btw.
 

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Silk long-johns! They're pricey but worth every penny (much cheaper than oil <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">). I bought some for dh at Lands End last year for Christmas.
 

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honestly, she's 13 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
And you have 5 more years!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Heck, I complain sometimes about being cold!
 

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Also, is she very thin? I am quite thin and can be freezing when other people are comfortable. In swim class I can't take more than a ten second break or I get so cold I have to leave.
 

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I hear you! My DS was complaining yesterday about the house being too cold (with the thermostat set a 68). Of course he was wearing a short sleeved shirt and no socks or slippers!<br><br>
When I suggested he might consider dressing appropriately for the season, he balked. Oh well...he can be cold!
 

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Sounds like typical teen behavior. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> My 17 year old sister comes over to my house and expects it to be warm enough to wear shorts and a t-shirt - in the middle of winter!
 

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As long as you come with your gardening abilities. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">(I'm still afraid of how our crop and canning is going to be affected by the babe.)</span>
 

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Same here, only it's my DH and not my DS. For some reason, he wants to wear the exact same clothes (t-shirt, jeans) year-round, so in the winter he complains of being cold, and in the summer he complains of being hot. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
This came up again as we were leaving the house today; I had on a heavy winter sweater and DH was wearing a sweater and coat. The minute we got in the car, he took off everything but the t-shirt, and cranked the heat all the way up. When we arrived at our destination, he put everything back on just long enough to dash from the car to inside, then stripped off all the layers and started complaining about how cold it was. Um, what?<br><br>
That would be the whole point of winter clothes...staying warm in the winter!
 

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It can't cost too much to get her some sweatpants, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I suppose that might be too dumpy looking for her. I almost always wear two layers of pants and two shirts plus fleece socks. And my room is nearly 70 F. The thought of wearing a skirt in December with no leggings is just weird.
 

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If she's like me or my mom she probably is ACTUALLY COLD. If it's below about 72 and I'm not wearing sweaters, I start losing circulation in my fingertips to the point where it's hard to type. Take the temp below 65 indoors and I'm not capable of a lot more than chattering and huddling by the heater.<br><br>
When everyone else was "comfortable" at work, I was wearing a knit beanie cap, a coat, and sometimes gloves. I'm not exaggerating.<br><br>
These of course assume a low activity level. If I were, say, running, I'd be fine, but with the activity level typical in a house or office I'd be freezing to the point of not really functioning.<br><br>
*Does not include when I am pregnant.
 
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