Family · Parenting

The Rule to Dressing Children

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8

If you live anywhere with four seasons, then you must be getting chillier weather I presume. And one thing that I wanted to address that really bothers me is how some parents don’t dress their children for the colder weather.

If it’s chilly outside and all your child is wearing just a onsie or t-shirt, while you’re in a coat yourself, then there is something wrong with the picture. I know, children’s clothing can get expensive, but there are plenty of ways to get clothing for free or cheap. There are:

  • Yard sales
  • Consignment and thrift stores
  • Free/Cheap pages on Facebook
  • Craigslist
  • Church events giving away clothes
  • Mom swaps where moms exchange clothes for free
  • Friends, family, and church members who are sometimes happily giving away clothing

The rule you read in many parenting books is one extra layer than yourself. If you’re wearing a t-shirt and jacket, then your child should AT LEAST be wearing two layers, and according to the rule, three layers.

Granted there are children who are just always hot, but nevertheless, they still need at least something light to wear when it’s cold outside. My son is like me, usually cold, whereas my daughter takes after my husband who is usually hot. I plan accordingly, yet I still make sure my daughter is comfortable. I make sure her hands, feet, nose, and ears are warm.

Don’t let your children get cold this fall and winter season. It’s our duty as parents to provide them with the basic necessities such as warmth.

May God bless your family and keep you bodies and hearts warm!


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