Fall is here but can kids (and parents) give up their flip-flops?

A friend posted an apology note to her 1-year-old on Facebook. She was sorry for putting her into a long sleeve jacket. She promised her daughter that it wasn’t a torture device. It was just finally Fall!

Another mom was bemoaning having to give her up sandals for the year. She acknowledged her feet were cold but was bummed to have to wear shoes again.

I had to wear tennis shoes the other day and felt very constricted putting those puppies on. I couldn’t wait to slip back on my flip-flops. I do think you get used to having lots of toe wiggle room.

We talked last year about how teens never seem to recognize the change of seasons. They just stand out at the bus stop in their shorts, and maybe a sweatshirt, if you’re lucky, freezing.

How are your kids adjusting to long sleeves, pants, actual shoes after such a long hot summer? Are they still trying to sneak out in shorts? Do your teens still want to wear their sandals? Do you?

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shaggy

October 5th, 2010
6:47 am

You can have my flip flops when you pry them from my cold, dead, er uhhh…feet.

I wear those suckers when it snows. I once climbed a Teton range peak (Mt. Albright) in, you guessed it, flip flops. It snowed on us, in late June. No, I didn’t get frostbite, and no, I don’t recommend that YOU do that.
However, when I am in the eastern woods, I wear shoes. Their are too many critters here that can put a hurt on your foot that would ruin your whole day.

shaggy

October 5th, 2010
6:48 am

I can’t believe I wrote “Their” for “There”. Get me my coffee, NOW!

BShepCarlin

October 5th, 2010
7:11 am

We must be a pack of weirdos over here…all of us are loving getting to wear jeans again! My 6yo is excited to be wearing a jacket again (and yes we are native Southerners)! My favorite time of year…cool enough for jeans and sweatshirts in the am, then a t-shirt in jeans in the afternoon. LOVING IT :)

A

October 5th, 2010
7:14 am

I’m so ready for cold weather, that I’m happy to give up the flip flops/sandals and capris. Same for my 2nd grader. I don’t know why it’s such a struggle for some kids/parents to switch wardrobes. We have such a long, hot summer here that I’d think people would be excited to break out the jeans, socks and coats again.

motherjanegoose

October 5th, 2010
7:38 am

Never have been a flip flop person…I cannot stand the thingy between my toes. I do like sandals and own more than my share.

My daughter was home from UGA this weekend. She loves this weather and said her friends tell her she needs to move up north. Once, we went to Mall of America in Minneapolis. It was January and 20 degrees. She and her friend kept telling me how refreshing it was. I laughed and told them they would not feel refreshed if they had to shovel snow in it, as I did when I was a girl.

I love the fall and this weather is wonderful. I am ready for sweaters and socks!

The college kids, including my son, are known to wear flip flops all winter. I had a girl pick me up in Fargo ND once, on the hotel shuttle. She was in college. It was winter and the temp. was in the teens. You guessed it…flip flops and a skirt…no hose. I was freezing just looking at her.

It’s all about what you are used to, I guess.

deidre_NC

October 5th, 2010
7:43 am

i have more winter clothes so im ok…plus there is no way anything has been able to keep me cool this summer so im really enjoying the coller weather (been in high 30’s in the mornings here) my youngest daughter just got a tattoo on her upper back and she is a little upset that her tanks are too cold to wear and she cant show off her tat lol..really she would go for the 100 degree weather all year around..she is a heat and sun person.

deidre_NC

October 5th, 2010
7:44 am

yeah i havent had my first cup of cofee…that should be cooler not collar lol

catlady

October 5th, 2010
7:46 am

You would never believe what parents let their kids wear to school! Talk about dangerous! Talk about inappropriate! It is 38 degrees this morning and I guarantee we will have kids in shorts and flipflops.

When we were in Tallahassee we had college students wearing shorts and flipflops in January, when it was plenty chilly, but they were old enough to (presumably) not need their parents’ guidance about clothes.

deidre_NC

October 5th, 2010
7:53 am

catlady-when my son was younger i always made sure he had appropriate clothing. one day a person said to a friend of mine-i cant beleive deidre lets her son stand at the bus stop in the rain with no jacket..etc.etc…well..guess what? i didnt…he would take his stuff off cause he didnt want to wear it and stash it in the cabin at the foot of the driveway and pick it back up when he came home. so its not always the parent! i was really not happy with him..i had no idea he was doing this. my driveway was very long and out of my site so there was no way i could know. i guess he thought the rain gear and umbrella was not cool or whatever. :)

mom2alex&max

October 5th, 2010
7:53 am

catlady: It always amazed me that some kids wear shorts year round. What’s UP with that???? When i asked parents about it, the general response seems to be “that’s not the hill to die on”

It would for me. My kids don’t like switching to long pants, but it is what it is and they know it.

Personally, I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT FALL!!!! My absolutely favorite time of year. Changing leaves, cooler weather, awesome sweaters, knee high boots, pumpkin pie, fall fairs, Halloween, Thanksgiving. I LOVE IT ALL!!!!

JJ

October 5th, 2010
7:57 am

I refuse to give up my flip flops. I will wear them all year long. Ever since I was a kid, my body temp seems to be a lot higher than the norm. I’m always HOT. But I do wear tennis shoes to work, but once I’m home, they are off and the flips are on!!!!

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the cripsness of the air, the beauty of the trees changing colors, etc. I grew up in Colorado so naturally I like it cold. But last night, I had to put a blanket on the bed. My puppy actually slept under the covers last night, she was cold. One of the cats came and curled up with us and he was half way under the covers too. I love this weather.

We went to Alaska 3 years ago, and all three of the kids (daughter & nieces) wore flip flops the entire time.

motherjanegoose

October 5th, 2010
7:59 am

LOL catlady…I was just walking around here and mumbling to myself, “do parents let little kids wear flip flips to school…how do they kick a ball outside?” Maybe they will not have recess today, as it is too cold….;)

For those who join us and do not live in GA, some schools here do not send the kids outside if it is less than 40 degrees. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? That would be a long winter of germ breeding, inside the building, at the schools where they actually have cold weather for more than a week.
This is due to the fact that many parents do not step up to the plate and dress their kids accordingly.

As catlady mentioned, they come in shorts and tank tops. Momma drops them off in the carpool line with no coat and they dash inside the building. THERE ARE SO MANY KIDS WHO DO NOT WEAR WARM ENOUGH CLOTHES…THUS NO ONE CAN GO OUTSIDE. To me, something is wrong with this picture. If you do not believe us, go to a school today. I want my kids to get some fresh air. I remember playing in the snow, at recess when I lived in Chicago. Alaska kids wear snow suits to school. Surely southerners could wear a coat and hat?

Valstake

October 5th, 2010
8:01 am

The way some people carry on about “bulky” clothing and wearing foot encasing shoes is unreal. Go join a clothing optional community… that seems to be the way this country is going. Or… I’ve got it!!… whole body tattoos in lieu of clothing. Sandal and flip-flop wearers, your future podiatrists thank you!

Seriously, it’s lovely weather, get out and enjoy it in either fall embracing clothing, summer clothing, or any combination thereof; in sandals, flip-flops or barefoot. Just enjoy the weather until it turns nasty later in the year. And I hope everyone has a nice day.

deidre_NC

October 5th, 2010
8:05 am

if i had taken my son to school he would have had the appropriate clothing lol…and my daughter wears whatever she wants..usually summer clothes all year round…she will wear a jacket..but usually has on flips or sandals. i used to go barefoot all year but now my feet get cold…i at least have on socks these mornings.

motherjanegoose

October 5th, 2010
8:05 am

@mom2alex and max…some parents do not have a “hill to die on”. That is why we have some many problems with kids today IMHO. Thanks for dressing yours appropriately!

There is a time to give kids choices and a time to put your foot down. Kind of like seeing a stop sign as an adult driver. We can make a choice to cruise right through it but we then have to take the chance with the consequences ( ticket or accident).

The quicker kids understand that life contains consequences, the easier it will be for the parents and all others they interact with. OFF OF MY SOAP BOX;0

Photius

October 5th, 2010
8:11 am

Goodbye Flip Flops – see ya! Women wear these flip flops which are so thin and then wear them all summer long, to Braves games, Wal-Mart, public restrooms where germs attach themselves and then go to work on your feet and flesh. I pitty the husband who likes to kiss his ladies feet after she’s strolling around all day in her flip flops.

And ladies, if you do wear flip flops and get a big chip of polish to come off your big toe, don’t you dare “dab it up” – it’s nasty and lazy and some people like me pay attention. And ladies, if you have hammer toe, ugly toes, toes that curl over each other, the little pinky toe which is turned sideways or your toe nails are just nasty get your feet into shoes so I don’t have to look at your lazy, nasty feet so you can be “comfortable”. Shave that big toe too!

Bye-bye Flip flops.

Michelle

October 5th, 2010
8:19 am

Funny! I put the little guy in jeans today…he said, “these aren’t comfortable!” I told him it was just because he was used to wearing shorts for several months. He didn’t want to wear them…I won. There was no discussion. I did let him pick out what t-shirt he wanted to wear under his hoodie though! :o) I did let him wear shorts yesterday (with a hoodie in the a.m.) I didn’t realize it was going to stay cool all day! He does get really warm though (like his dad).

I feel at this stage, I am still the boss. He can have some say so, but my word is the final one!

Oh…and I LOVE fall! It is my favorite! Jeans/sweats, turtlenecks, and sweatshirts! Ahhh…oh…and let’s not forget the fireplace!

RJ

October 5th, 2010
8:20 am

Flip flops are for the summer or warm weather. Wearing them when it’s cold outside looks ridiculous.

TechMom

October 5th, 2010
8:29 am

I’ll still wear my flip-flops in the afternoons when it’s warm enough. Not this morning though! My son was thrilled to pull out his letterman jacket yesterday morning since he got it last spring right as it was warming up and only got to wear it a couple of times. Today is chapel day and not one peep about having to wear the blazer (2 weeks ago when it was still 90 degrees he waited until inside building to put it on). My son is one of the crazy ones who will wear shorts when it’s 40 degrees out (with a sweatshirt or jacket)… as he says, it’s the same temp. inside and all the girls wear skirts so what’s the difference? At least they have to wear appropriate socks & shoes. It’s not one of the battles I care to pick now that he’s 15. When he was 5, yes because he was outside playing on the playground during the day. But he rarely goes outside during the school day. He wrestles during the winter and will change into sweats/gym pants after school and a long-sleeved shirt for running so at least he has enough brains for that.

By the way, do schools really allow kids to wear flip-flops even when it is warm? We were never allowed to wear open-toed shoes when I was growing up and I know the public schools in my county don’t allow them.

JJ

October 5th, 2010
8:33 am

Ya’ll would have died if you saw my daughter during winter. Both of us don’t like coats, we do wear a lot of sweatshirts. When I would drop her off at school in winter, she would have on jeans, a shirt, a sweatshirt, and of course, her flip flops.

Lady Strange

October 5th, 2010
8:37 am

I usually wear sandals until about January or February. I am not a fan of closed toe shoes. I do love my boots though. And I was more than happy to be able to wear my hoodies again, they are so comfy.

Mrs. G

October 5th, 2010
8:43 am

Photius – I almost spit out my coffee when I read your second paragraph! Loved it. That’s exactly why I try not to look at other peoples’ feet. Shudder.

I’m in upstate NY and the kids here seem to have ditched their flip flops. I’ve actually seen a few pairs of Uggs and other similar boots already, which seems weird to me. I don’t get those out until it actually snows because my feet get so hot in them. I’m still wearing sandal heels to work, but that needs to change soon (I need to buy a new pair of pumps for fall and haven’t gotten around to it yet)…I was scraping my windshield yesterday morning and my toes were freezing!

motherjanegoose

October 5th, 2010
8:49 am

@ Tech mom…I remembered when they would not let kids wear JELLIES. Anyone else remember those little plastic shoes.

@Photius…I always have a professional pedicure in the spring/summer, so I can cross that off of my list now that my toes are covered and save some money….LOL. If everyone had to cover up the parts of their body that may not be too attractive…would some folks be able to cover their nose and ears? Not sure on that one.

deidre_NC

October 5th, 2010
8:52 am

jj your daughter sounds like mine. her feet get HOT…she will have her hoodie and jeans (or maybe even shorts) on and yes her flip flops. i dont like flip flops much i prefer sandals. i hate the flip flop sound lol.

Roswell Jeff

October 5th, 2010
8:54 am

We don’t let the boy wear flip flops to school but as soon as he comes home the shoes and socks are off. He was complaining about the jeans yesterday – they were uncomfortable and stiff… blah, blah, blah. He can’t stand long pants, even during the winter he will come home and off comes the shoes and long pants. He’s most happy running around in his underwear. We had to go back out to the store in the evening and I made him put his jeans back on but “no go” on the shoes… flip flops won out.

DB

October 5th, 2010
8:59 am

@Photius, who knew you had a foot fetish! :-)

I HATE flip-flops. My feet and legs are always tired and sore after wearing them, and I think I have one pair that I wear to the pool, that’s it. I like sandals, and I’m actually wearing a pair today (and yes, Photius, I just had a pedicure, to save your tender sensibilities!) But I was wearing boots last night when I was at the Cobb County marching band exhibition over at MacEachern — it was COLD sitting on those concrete bleacher seats! Saw some of those kids bopping around in shorts and flip-flops and I just shivered looking at them! I know it’s almost time for closed-toed shoes – but I hate the work that I have to put into them to keep them smelling fresh. Ugh.

I’m not a big coat fan, though — I hate the bulkiness, and I can usually suck it up and make the dash into my office without getting too cold. Driving with a coat on is, to me, very uncomfortable. I can turn on the heat and be nice and toasty without feeling like the Michelin Man!

Never had to think about what the kids wore to school — uniforms, baby! — and black or brown closed-toed shoes with less than a 2″ heel.

Lori

October 5th, 2010
9:01 am

My son is the opposite. I keep having to get on to him for putting on his long sleeve shirts and jackets that I bought him. Since it’s still warm in the afternoon, I put him in short sleeves with a hoodie for mornings. But he keeps trying to sneak out of the house in his new sweats!!

Mrs. G

October 5th, 2010
9:05 am

MJG – I remember jellies!!! I had a pair of pink ones and a pair of clear ones – both with sparkles – when I was maybe 9. Wearing them to school was never an issue, though…I only wore them in the summertime. I stuck to Keds for school.

mom2alex&max

October 5th, 2010
9:07 am

I wish I could wear flip flops. There are SO many out there and so many are SO cute! But alas, I cannot stand that toe thong thing. Drives me nuts!

mom2alex&max

October 5th, 2010
9:07 am

Also the kids are my elementary school are not allowed to wear open toe shoes when they have PE, which is 2 times a week.

Becky

October 5th, 2010
9:08 am

I don’t wear flip flops, not a big fan of them on anyone..But, like MJG, I don’t like the piece etween my toes..I do however wear sandals a lot..Have them on today, with my shorts and t-shirt..I typically wear shorts all winter, sometimes capris..Works for me..I have a coworker that her “winter” coat is a long sleeve shirt..Drives our boss crazy, as in the middle of Aug. she came in wearing a jacket because she was freezing..

My two are always dressed in the appropriate clothing..The girl told me last night that she wanted to wear shorts..Didn’t take her long this morning to change her mind..As for teenagers, I figure they are old enough to know if they are cold or not..

Photius..To freaking funny..If my polish chips, if I don’t have time to fix it or have it fixed, I take it off..To me “naked” nails look better than funky nail polish..

JJ

October 5th, 2010
9:23 am

I stole a pair of Nike flip flops from my best friend (with her knowledge), and they are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. I love my tennis shoes, but those Nike’s are the bomb.

Michelle

October 5th, 2010
10:20 am

JJ…I have to agree…I have 2 pairs of Nike flip flops! VERY comfy!

Urinal Cake

October 5th, 2010
11:08 am

This is actully subject? You have offically jumped the shark.

Come on Son

October 5th, 2010
11:09 am

I believe this to be a cultural thing because I tend to only see “certain folks” walking around in flip flops and shorts whenever the sun and out yet it is below 50 degrees. I have also passed bus stops with the heat on in my car yet seeing kids in shorts and sweatshirt but no jacket. What is up with that (the area I live in I am pretty confident these families can afford coats and jackets). I am sorry, it is called parenting and you are going to wear a coat if I say so. I told my daughter yesterday I may drop by during my lunch hour, her recess time, to make sure she had her sweater on. Did not make it but she told me when she lined up for recess she forgot her sweater but ran back to get it because she thought I may show up (I have popped up on her before in the past).

I know every parent does not have the flexibility but one good unannouced appearance at school and finding your child has changed clothes, added makeup, etc. is enough of an embarrassment.

Stop trying to dress like your kids and be their friends and BE THEIR PARENT. Kids only emulate what they see, if you are walking around with flip flops, guess what they will want to also. I thought schools had banned those things anyway, the are an accident waiting to happen during class changes.

penguinmom

October 5th, 2010
11:44 am

My daughter wears flip-flops most of the year. I do purchase her at least one set of closed toe shoes so that she can wear them on the coldest days. Mainly so she can avoid all the comments people make ‘Aren’t you cold?’ ‘Where are your regular shoes?’ Same thing with a jacket, I purchase the thinnest jacket I can for her just to give her a break from people bugging her about being cold. Last year, she wore short sleeves and crocs (no socks) when it was snowing.

She has some sort of massive internal heater. I believe it is partly due to the fact that she has really deep veins (inherited from her father’s side). She doesn’t lose much heat and so stays warm all winter. Her current plan is to move to Pennsylvania when she is older in order to avoid the summers here in the South (when she is pretty miserable.)

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 5th, 2010
11:46 am

Urinal Cake — I should be posting a second topic later — come on back — the flip flops is just something people have been talking about.

Buckeye

October 5th, 2010
11:53 am

First, as a parent to teenagers, I have learned to pick my battles. When they were in elementary school, I was more firm about what they wore. Still no flip flops no PE days. Being from OH, people wore all sorts of things during the Winter and Summer months. Seriusly, as long as the school dress code allows it, I pretty much let them wear what they want. But I really don’t have serious issues, the heavy coat has always been my biggest battle. Last Winter was not fun here in GA!

On a side note about flip flops, don’t you think as you’ve gotten older that flip flops are not that good for your feet? Is it from wearing crazy shoe styles when you were younger and now my feet are just getting older? I swear flops have damaged my feet!

Urinal Cake

October 5th, 2010
11:58 am

Yeah…..People talk about flip flops all the time.

catlady

October 5th, 2010
12:00 pm

MJG-The principal under whom I worked for much of my career was from North Dakota! His theory, with which I agreed, was that staying inside makes us sick! We were required to take the kids out every day unless it was raining or under 25 degrees! Even if we stayed only 5 minutes, we had to go out. The trick was that the kids had to have clothes for it. If the child did not wear a coat, his theory was that the parent did not think they needed one, so out they went, too. A few times of that broke the habit of not wearing one.(Of course, we always watched for any kid that regularly came to school without a coat, to find out if they needed one. I have bought quite a few.) We had a few parents who claimed their kids were too sick to go out. His theory was if they are too sick to go out they are too sick to be at school. I remember one boy whose mother said he was allergic to the air if it was under 60 degrees! He had to grow out of that allergy quickly! I liked his common-sense approach.

I think flip flops are dangerous at school–too easy to slice open a toe. Now we have some little girls (grades 3-5) coming to school dressed as pole dancers. I’d like to shake their parents! (Soon to be grandparents!)

We have a little bit of trouble with baggy pants but the counselor will tie them up with a rope if needed. That has cut down on the problem a great deal. Wearing a rope isn’t cool. We have also aggressively addressed the spaggetti strap/bra phenomena.

Now if someone will just advise the teacher with the skin tight clothes and stilletto heels!

catlady

October 5th, 2010
12:03 pm

It also drives me nuts that my Latino kids wear jackets and hoodies in the hot months when it is 90 outside and refuse to take them off! The sweat can be just dripping off them, but they won’t take off the jacket. What is that all about?

shaggy

October 5th, 2010
12:06 pm

Those Nike flip flops really are good, but I am just as comfortable in the cheap ones. Plus, my feet don’t hurt, and I am plentty sure footed when wearing them. That toe thong actually adds to your balance, no slide.
I tried sandals, and they hurt my feet and rubbed blisters. Put those in the charity shoe collection box.

Another use for flip flops: water shoes for the lake that double as swim fins in deeper water. You don’t cut your feet and you swim faster, with less effort.

Don’t find feet very sexy, however those marvelous legs that are next in line…WOOOOOHOOOOO!!!!

JJ

October 5th, 2010
12:06 pm

Flip flops are actually very bad for your legs and lower back. Extended wear of flip flops does more damage down the line. You have to use your toes in a way you don’t normally in a regular pair of shoes. It stresses the legs, and the back.

Come on Son

October 5th, 2010
12:07 pm

I remember a female college team that won the national championship made their visit to the White House, as customary for championship teams, ( I believe it was the UNC female soccer team, not sure) Well they all showed up to the White House in FLIP FLOPS, they were coordinated and matching with their outfits but COME ON SON! this is the White House and the President (even though it was Bush) show some respect. I just believe we do not teach home training anymore, you should see some of the stuff young people wear to job interviews; please do not get me started on the body piercings (all over the ear, nose, lip, cheeks, etc) and tattoos; then they wonder why they can not get an internship while in college.
When I visit high schools I wonder if there is even a dress code anymore, I feel for the administration because I am sure the parents make a big deal about allowing their kids to wear anything they want to wear. Yet as soon as one of their precious angels breaks an ankle or gets a foot injury or gash, they are calling the School Board or their attorney, looking to sue.

TAMMY

October 5th, 2010
12:23 pm

I live in NYC for me its belly shirts, skirts, shorts, dresses (shorter the better), flip-flops and low to high heeled sandals from about mid to late April to about mid to late October depending upon the weather. Other times of the year its jacket,long-sleeves,jeans and sneakers. I do have one pair of boots and closed toe heels for special occasions. I don’t like boots/uggs becuase its slows me down too much in the winter. After all in the winter I need sneakers so I can run everywhere. Most guys I know in NYC don’t care what I wear in the winter. They see everything in the summer. Spring/Fall here really doesn’t exits.

Come on Son

October 5th, 2010
12:24 pm

This reminds me of the whole Crocs fiasco when the little boy at the airport had his toes broken on the escalator. I believe it was that noisemaker Neal Boortz’s side kick Belinda’s son. She sue and won because of her and her husband’s irresponsbile parenting. I a may have missed it but Neal usually rips parents for these types of decisions and lawsuits, hypocrisy at its best.

Well when these kids are college catching colds and the flu from dressing like this in winter they can all go to the doctor on their parents insurance because Obama-care has made a way for them to remain covered until they are 26 on Mommy and Daddy’s insurance. At some point you have to cut the cord. But if you do not teach common sense like wearing weather appropriate shoes and making them wear them because YOU ARE THE PARENT, then deal with the consequences.

JJ

October 5th, 2010
12:34 pm

Colds and flu are not caught because of cold weather and how you are dressed. You can go outside on a freezing day with your hair wet and you will NOT get sick. That is an old wives tale and has been proven scientifically.

I have seen people all bundled up sneezing their noses off, while those NOT bundled up are just fine. It’s cally hygiene. Wash your hands, wash your hands. It’s one of the best ways to prevent colds and flu. I have not had a flu shot in 20 years, and I have NEVER had the flu.

Trite contrition

October 5th, 2010
12:53 pm

The blog bullies here who excoriate mispellings and poor grammer always think that their own mispells are somehow adorable and cute. A fool always gives himself away…ever notice?

This fall issue about clothing is what has been happening to America since Twitter. Twitter made us trite.

You R what U tweet, America.

Stop. Just stop. I’m sick of making excuses for your simple asses.

Come on Son

October 5th, 2010
12:55 pm

I am aware colds and the flu are caused by viruses and good hygiene, nutrition, and common sense can help prevent them. Yet walking around in 20 degree weather with your feet exposed, and not dressing correctly (head covered, warm clothing) will have an effect on your immune system which affects your body’s ability to fight these viruses.
Dress appropriately according to the weather. Don’t be outside when it’s twenty degrees, with just a fleece on. Dress according to the weather and avoid being outside a lot when it’s cold. Quite easy to catch a cold during this time of the year. I realize this is common knowledge, but think of it as a reminder. I see a lot of grownups outside without a jacket, not appropriate to the weather.

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