AIBU to not want my child to go on this trip?

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OooWhatToDo Thu 14-Nov-13 18:09:42

Some parents opinions would be appreciated here please; DD has got a class trip tomorrow with 2 other classes to the local Woods which is only a 5-10min drive away. Normally I wouldnt worry or shirk a class trip whatsoever, but it really isnt settling well with me at the thought of her being outside in the woods from 9.30am - 2.45pm in these low temperatures.
We take them up there all the time & love being outdoors, but after an hour or so at this time of year the cold sets in & they're ready for central heating!
Apparently there is a 'centre' there with toilets, but we've never seen this & think they maybe slightly glossing over their description when its nothing more than a large glorified shed with a few toilets.
Am I worrying needlessly? If it was just the morning they were going for & back to school for lunchtime id be totally fine with it, but all day despite the cold weather?? If she doesn't go then it'd go down as an unauthorised absence mark on her record.

What should I do?

imnotwhoyouthinkiam Fri 15-Nov-13 14:57:32

2 (or possibly 3( years ago, we camped for a weekend in November. There was a field and an unheated barn. No hot water to warm up in the evening (unless I used my dads caravan shower, which meant a quick shower not a long hot soak). Ds2 was 4 or 5 at the time.

It was freezing, we didn't take our coats or hats off ay all, all weekend. But it was fine. Yabu

allmycats Fri 15-Nov-13 14:38:45

It's not even properly cold yet FGS
Still, your child, your choice. The poor little bugger will miss out on the experience that the others children are having and all the classroom
follow up work. But, of course you know better than all the other mums of the kids who are going.
What will you do with the child when it really gets cold - are you planning on trying to hibernate ?

zatyaballerina Fri 15-Nov-13 13:59:09

Lined winter boots, thermal vest, thermal tights, top, winter coat, hat, gloves.... dress her for the weather. My two year old is out most of the day in all weather, they won't get sick if appropriately dressed and running around warms them up anyway.

AnnieJanuary Fri 15-Nov-13 10:14:30

Where on earth do you live? It's cold weather, not poison. There are people in Siberia who still put on a coat and go outside. Think of Canada and Alaska and Russia. We in Britain don't know real cold.

AllThatGlistens Fri 15-Nov-13 08:52:39

I love that apparently parents of children in Sweden have opinions that aren't applicable in this situation..

Yes, because clearly they have no experience of children being outdoors in cold weather grin

Dressed in appropriate clothing, she won't get cold.

bonkersLFDT20 Fri 15-Nov-13 08:49:36

I'd let mine go. My 4 yo is at forest school this morning. Granted it's only for the morning, but they LOVE it. Loads of layers, water proofs (in all weathers), gloves, hat. They won't just be sitting around, they'll be running around having masses of fun.

I think it's great that schools take children outside. It's beautiful out there today. Sunny and cold with little wind. They will soon be roasty.

mrsjay Fri 15-Nov-13 08:47:35

it is a wee bit chilly not the antartic put her hat on and I hope she has a nice time and I am sure the staff will judge the temp so they dont get hypothermia to cold

Joysmum Fri 15-Nov-13 08:41:56

So said that you have such little faith in the school.

They are more experienced with children than we parents and it's in their best interests to ensure they don't have a class of 30+ kids who are cold and not getting anything from the trip.

pianodoodle Fri 15-Nov-13 08:40:39

I don't see why it matters really if the OP is asking on behalf of someone else.

It doesn't change the responses it's still the same question grin

pianodoodle Fri 15-Nov-13 08:39:06

The mornings are starting off cold but even in the past half hour it has warmed up a good bit.

Even if it didn't, it can't be less than 3-4 degrees that's definitely not weather to worry about smile

killpeppa Fri 15-Nov-13 08:38:23

yet another bullshit thread.

if its you daughter say daughter, if its your niece your a bit of a weirdo for calling her your daughter instead of niece.

hope you got the message that this is ridiculous.

redshifter Fri 15-Nov-13 07:42:29

FGS. Too precious. Relax

gimcrack Thu 14-Nov-13 23:02:18

She will be fine.

If she usually complains if being cold when taken to the woods, she's either underdressed or bored. She shouldn't be either on the school trip.

UnicornsNotRiddenByGrownUps Thu 14-Nov-13 21:58:27

YABU completely. Kids go to scout camp at this time of year and are outside all weekend and sleep outside too.

BristleWorm Thu 14-Nov-13 21:33:55

Lord, let your kids LIVE a little for goodness sakes!

Canthaveitall Thu 14-Nov-13 21:31:25

Wrap her up she will be fine. It's the UK not Norway.

judgejudithjudy Thu 14-Nov-13 21:26:46

pmsl @ cotton wool - no, keep it on til spring ;-)

amothersplaceisinthewrong Thu 14-Nov-13 20:59:04

Of course she should go. Take off the cotton wool and wrap her up in a warm coat, hat and gloves.

FudgefaceMcZ Thu 14-Nov-13 20:56:04

YABU. There's snow on the mountains near us and 4yo is still refusing to put on coat most of the time; they don't care if it's fecking freezing at that age, as long as they are getting to run around and cover themselves in mud. You do realise that up to about 50 years ago, most homes in the UK didn't have central heating, right? Most people didn't die, so it's not an actual need. Maybe get some hot chocolate in for after school treat though.

olympicsrock Thu 14-Nov-13 20:55:25

Just wrap her up in cotton wool, oh sorry I see you've already done that...

mumbaisapphire Thu 14-Nov-13 20:38:36

I'm not sure where you are in the UK, but a nationwide forecast on the BBC shows lows of 4 degrees in Manchester at 9am, with temperatures rising to 6 degrees by midday, and 7 degrees by 3pm. Cardiff, London, Edinburgh and Belfast all have better forecasts. Where are you based that it will be 3 degrees ALL DAY?

Even if it is 3 degrees all day tomorrow, it won't matter. Dress her in suitable clothing and she will be fine. I'm sure the shelter they have provided is adequate and they will be able to go there and eat there lunch and escape the elements. I think you are unnecessarily worried.

Mushypeasandchipstogo Thu 14-Nov-13 20:32:55

Yep YRBVVU ! Dress her up warmly and let her go. If it is too cold and wet I am sure that the teachers won't want to freeze either.

sneezecakesmum Thu 14-Nov-13 20:32:36

I'm sure the teachers and TAs will manage the situation. Frankly if they are freezing their tits off they will organise hot drinks and a warmer area. They're hardly going to sit in a warm hut watching a bunch of freezing kids outside!

jellyboatsandpirates Thu 14-Nov-13 20:25:44

I haven't read all the replies, just the first couple of pages. I feel your pain with the worrying, as I'm one of those myself.
I'm cacking myself about a residential trip next year, but realise I have to let him go on it as I did it and loved it at that age.
A trip to the woods though? They'll be fine. There'll be plenty of teachers, and just wrap them up warm. Thick coat, hat, scarves, gloves.

candycoatedwaterdrops Thu 14-Nov-13 20:24:01

"My child."
"No I mean my sister's child. It's the same thing!"

hmm

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