What's up with kids and rain jackets?

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What's up with kids and rain jackets?
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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 10:19am
I do remember back to the days of being a 10+ year-old kid and how rain jackets were just not cool. But, my mother pretty much insisted I wear one, and frankly, I thought that was a smart idea when it's raining because otherwise YOU GET WET IN THE RAIN!

Why am I ranting? It's raining here this morning, and my kids didn't want to wear rain jackets to camp. It's warm enough that I didn't make a big deal over it, it's not supposed to rain all day, and they do have spare jackets and a change of clothes at camp if they get wet and change their mind.

But... I'm just curious... what am I missing here? When it rained, even as a teenager, I wore a rain jacket, cool or not. Why walk around wet all day? I don't get it. Where did the uncoolness of rain gear come from? Who started it? ;-)

Sherrie- you're in WA where it rains a lot, I've heard. Do kids where rain gear in your part of the country? Everyone else- what's up with your kids and rain gear?

Thanks for listening ;-)

Janet

Janet


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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 11:20am
In my opinion, the whole thing of coats and sweaters of any sort is that, in general, it is a bit of a power play. Kind of an "I'm old enough to decide whether or not I can handle being wet (cold, uncomfortable, miserable) on my own and I don't need Mommy to tell me different." Sean will insist that he isn't cold when he *tries* to go outside in 30-40 degree weather without a coat.

As for when rain gear became uncool - I think it was us Washingtonians who started it ;-). We do get a fair amount of rain but you don't see many raincoats or umbrellas around, even in a downpour. True downpours are rare though and we more often get the steady rain that lasts for week or two at a time; sometimes it's a fine mist that really doesn't get you wet. I have a couple umbrellas but they reside in my car or in the garage and haven't been used in a couple years. So no, there isn't much rain gear used around here by the kids or the adults. The saying goes - You're not made of sugar so you won't melt. We're a tough breed up here (either that or we don't have much common sense -LOL).

Best Always,

Sherrie

Sherrie Rainbow

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 11:45pm
I haven't even tried a rain jacket with mine. I just got them jackets that would shed the water, mostly Carharrt knock offs. We do have a few rain ponchos from Disney World a couple years ago that we bought when we were in what seemed to be monsoon but they've only been used a couple of times since. They think umbrellas are cool and want to play with them, which would be why all 3 of mine are broken!

Good luck keeping them dry!! Dawn

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Fri, 07-11-2003 - 11:10am
Actually, I do have just jackets that should shed some water if it's not a downpour. (My mother always called them "wind-breakers".) Rachel actually picked out a slicker that was on sale, and I think she'll use it in whatever she deams the right situation ;-)

Janet


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Sat, 07-12-2003 - 10:01am
My ds don`t epecially like rain coats either. First of all they do not like hoods on their heads (which is what you need to keep from getting your hair wet go figure) and they don`t like the slick material they are made of (again what keeps the rain off) My youngest ds Timothy says it sticks to him too much. Zachary doesn`t like to zip his up and since this spring and summer has been soooo rainy here I have had to deal with this alot lately sometimes if it is not a cold rain I let them carry an umbrella to keep the rain off but honestly I am not sure why the big deal about rain coats. I liked to wear mine when I was a kid but I hated those rubber boots we had to wear they made my feet feel heavy.