strange question, LOL

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strange question, LOL
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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 11:46am

Ok, tomorrow is the first day of school around here. It's supposed to rain all next week and my DS walks to school. I was talking to my DS about using an umbrella next week and my DH pulled me aside and said that if my DS uses an umbrella to and from school that he risks being teased by the other boys. He says that this was the "rule" from when he was a kid ("What's the matter sissy? Are you afraid of the rain?"), and that he doesn't think that these things change that much generation to generation. Come to think of it, I can't really recall seeing boys my DS's age (early teens) with an umbrella. To the moms of teen boys, is this true, or is this a "myth", LOL.

I know, it's a silly question, LOL.

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Registered: 04-17-2010
Mon, 09-06-2010 - 12:29pm
My DS 17 would never be caught with an umbrella. He would rather go to school soaking wet. He would rather wear a light coat with the hood up. We live right in front of the bus stop now, so its not a problem. I have seen boys use them walking to the bus stop. When they get to the corner by the bus stop the umbrella gets folded up and put away.
I would say its a male thing though because very few men use umbrellas. LOL
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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 12:41pm
I asked ds(just turned 18) if he wants to bring an umbrella to college - he looked at me like I was nuts. Never used one in HS either. To me, I'd think, esp after ruining a newer phone in a downpour, that you'd use logic...guess not yet.
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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 12:59pm

It's not only teen BOYS who wouldn't be caught dead with an umbrella. My kids, and my greatnephew, wore things like these, which are lightweight and packable into a small pocket for when they get to school. Makes sense, and keeps the hands free. For myself, at LEAST 10 years ago, my SIL gave me a tightweave wool zip-front hoodie. She said, "Whenever you're warm and dry, and no one else is, you'll think of me." And I do.

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/58533?page=casco-bay-windbreaker-jacket&parentCategory=506676&cat4=504714&shop_method=pp&feat=504714-sub2&np=Y

http://www.eddiebauer.com/catalog/product.jsp?ensembleId=36537&&categoryId=23269&categoryName=WATER-RESISTANT-OUTERWEAR--JACKETS&pCategoryId=27301&pCategoryName=WOMENS-OUTERWEAR&gpCategoryId=1&gpCategoryName=EB&catPath=~~categoryId=23269~~categoryName=WATER-RESISTANT-OUTERWEAR--JACKETS~~pCategoryId=27301~~pCategoryName=WOMENS-OUTERWEAR~~gpCategoryId=1~~gpCategoryName=EB&viewAll=y

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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 1:47pm
We live by the high school, and nope, boys just get themselves wet.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 1:50pm

Haha, I just told DH that he's right and that things haven't changed since he was a teen. So, no umbrella for DS. It had honestly not occurred to me until DH brought it up, that the umbrella was "not done" when it comes to teen boys. Wow, you do learn something new every day, LOL.

The waterproof jacket is a good idea, guys. Right now, he has a pleather-type bomber jacket, but I'm not sure how weather-proof it is (it's from Wal-Mart, so...??). We may end up looking for something that's similar to the first link Sabr provided.

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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 1:57pm

Yep, first day tomorrow here also. Yep, it's supposed to be raining- like it is right now :(

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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 2:12pm

Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if this is something that is outgrown. My DS is attending the middle school this year (gr. 8), so definitely no umbrella.

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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 2:16pm

Ds is a senior in HS.

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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 2:40pm
I'll be looking into that hat spray, for sure.
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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 3:49pm
Seems like your DH is pretty much on cue. Neither of my teens would be caught dead with an umbrella! I went to HS in the late 80s and early 90s and I wouldn't have been caught dead with wet hair! LOL.



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