under the rain?

Sara - posted on 04/20/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




We moved from Italy to Sweden a couple of months ago. We are starting next week with "in home daycare" for my 3 yo daughter. The caregiver seems nice and Viviana likes her a lot.
Today she wanted Viviana to meet up with her other kids at a playground next to her house, but it was cold (41-42 F) and rainy, so i called her to check if the date was confirmed and to get directions to the place.
Directions weren't so clear for me, so it took me and Viviana and my other sleeping toddler good 20 minutes walk to get to the place, under a thin but consistent rain. When we got there though the kids were playing in the middle of the sand box under the rain! And she claims kids don't care what the weather looks like and that they even like it.
Right, they like lots of other things that are not quite good for them or their health, and that's why parents are there to teach them and prevent them from getting hurt or sick.
So the question is, am I being a freak, mother worrying too much about my daughter, and not being culturally ready to live her on the outside in what i consider bad weather?
Do kids in your area go out in the rain or the snow or when it's windy when they are in daycare?
I feel very low because my Swedish husband always tell me to stop being "a mother"....


Krista - posted on 04/20/2012




From what I've read, it's very common in Scandanavian countries for parents to take their children out every single day -- rain, snow or shine. They even have a saying: "There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes."

So it's definitely a cultural thing, but the Swedish children definitely aren't suffering from it, I'd say. I would maybe just ask the caregiver's advice on where to find some good, warm durable rain clothes and snow clothes, and then make sure that she's bundled up well enough that she won't get cold.

She'll be okay -- it'll just take some getting used to.

And to answer the question, I will bring my son out if it's raining or snowing, as long as it's not a downpour or a snowstorm.

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