To send DS to school in shorts?

(73 Posts)
AnnIonicIsoTronic Thu 29-Nov-12 20:16:40

I like to thiink I'm instilling great British qualities of hardiness and stiff upper lip

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Thu 29-Nov-12 20:19:58

Ds 6 does it's his uniform. Looks cute.

DS wears shorts to school all year round, with wool knee high socks. Sometimes his knees go blue but generally it's fine.

AnnIonicIsoTronic Thu 29-Nov-12 20:20:45

May be worth mentioning that the actual garment had considerably less charm - albeit correspondingly better leg coverage.

Meglet Thu 29-Nov-12 20:21:14


I spotted 2 boys in shorts at school this moring.

I doubt DS would do it though, I'm usually walking along like the Michelin Man.

Are they uniform?

Goldenjubilee10 Thu 29-Nov-12 20:24:15

-1 here this morning at 11am. I hate to think what it was at 0830. I wouldn't send ds to school in shorts.

BeatTheClock Thu 29-Nov-12 20:26:44

I wouldn't at this time of year. Ds won't wear them anyway, not even in summer.

AnnIonicIsoTronic Thu 29-Nov-12 20:28:25

Not uniform. But he picked them himself. And there was barely a flash of shin between the top of the socks & the bottom of the shorts. But the teacher obviously thought I was barking mad - she made him change!

zookeeper Thu 29-Nov-12 20:30:37

YABU. It's winter. confused

difficultpickle Thu 29-Nov-12 20:33:24

Ds's old school wears shorts AYR. His new school wears lovely thick cords in the autumn and spring terms and shorts in the summer.

FeistyLass Thu 29-Nov-12 20:34:20

My ds was coming home with goosbumps on his legs so we swapped into long trousers a few weeks ago. He'll probably grow up to have a petted lip rather than a stiff upper one smile

beansmum Thu 29-Nov-12 20:36:18

ds wears shorts all year round - they're slightly heavier fabric in his winter uniform. We're in NZ, but it's still cold in winter where we are - frosty and (occasionally) snowy. I think shorts are fine.

MrsMellowDrummer Thu 29-Nov-12 20:38:48

My daughter refuses point blank to wear tights because they're itchy. So she wears her just under the knee pinafore dress (uniform - no alternatives allowed), and knee high socks (rolled down because she likes them that way). No real difference between that and shorts...

goralka Thu 29-Nov-12 20:39:47

all of you who think shorts are fine in UK winter should go out wearing a mini skirt and no tights and see if you like it.

kilmuir Thu 29-Nov-12 20:42:18

Do you wander round in shorts in this weather? Yabu

MrsMelons Thu 29-Nov-12 20:42:26

DS has to wear shorts all year to school till he's at juniors. He wears long socks in the winter and short ones in the summer. He is well wrapped up really (vest, shirt, jumper, blazer and coat) so it is only his knees that are exposed although he has managed to fall over and cut them quite badly 3 times since starting in September.

It does look really cute though but the only draw back is that he now wears shorts all the time and I can't use the reason - its winter shorts are for summer anymore grin

insanityscratching Thu 29-Nov-12 20:50:57

The HT at dd's school is still in shorts and generally is until it first snows hmm.Too cold for me though to put mine in shorts now though.

AnnIonicIsoTronic Thu 29-Nov-12 20:54:10

I was wearing shorts until recently, when I got sick of the comments!

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Thu 29-Nov-12 20:57:12

I like the idea of it, and there's a couple of boys at my ds's school that are still in shorts, but I've been going out with thermals under my trousers this week so I couldn't do it to my kids.

It does look cute, but knee high socks or shorts that are actually sorts are questionable.

I knew it was cold this morning when the boy in dds class who always wears shorts had trousers on.

usualsuspect3 Thu 29-Nov-12 21:00:10

I think it's ridiculous to have shorts as a uniform in winter.

DH would be wearing shorts at this time when he was in infants and jr school. According to MIL and DH himself, he would have ripped the knees of his pants and his mum would make them into shorts. Then again, they were used to the cold, their toilet used to freeze over

HanSolo Thu 29-Nov-12 23:52:02

Our school has shorts as uniform all year round- but they are allowed to wear school coloured joggers over their shorts on days like this- it was 1degree this morning!

5madthings Fri 30-Nov-12 00:33:35

There are a few boys at my childrens primary still wearing shortd, if your ds is happu to wear them.its fine smile

My ds2 wont wear them at all anymore summer and ds3 wasnt keen. Ds4 wore sept/oct but hadnt done recently, if he wanted to i would let him.

Dp still wears shorts even in winter, i have had the odd comment from other parents in the playground that he must be mad. Umm no he just doesnt feel the cold much.

Some children are the same and dont feel the cold, i agree they look.cute! If he is happy to wear them and still has a coat, hat, gloves etc as appropriate its fine smile

youngermother1 Fri 30-Nov-12 00:53:10

My dh wore shorts all year round until 10. Only big boys wore trousers - also uniform was height based, not age, some some boys were still wearing shorts at 11.

CaliforniaLeaving Fri 30-Nov-12 03:49:26

My Dh wore uniform shorts to school till he was 10 like youngermother1 Dh, and the long socks too. He said he hated it and his knees would look blue in the freezing winter weather.

Rosevase Fri 30-Nov-12 05:58:26

DH wore shorts through the winter at school until he was 11. The boys at our own DCs school now do too until 8.
It's fine. With long socks it looks comfortable and practical. We're hardly talking mini shorts here - they are substantial.

SugaricePlumFairy Fri 30-Nov-12 06:49:02

Nooooooooo! Think of the childrens poor mottled legs grin.

It's perishing out there.

whensteaready Fri 30-Nov-12 07:03:21

It will be good training for when they become post men.

FamiliesShareGerms Fri 30-Nov-12 07:25:07

DS gets his uniform out, and will usually choose shorts every time. Sometimes I send him back to get trousers (eg when I know it is going to be very very cold, or they are going to be outside), otherwise I just leave him be.

Thing is, his trousers are so thin I doubt that they offer much warmth anyway

Megatron Fri 30-Nov-12 07:28:20

Noooo! It's too bloody cold. It's 2 degrees today so DS will be going in trousers, why would I let him be cold because 'it looks cute'?

On the way to school there was a boy who always, always had shorts, even the week before Xmas holidays and in January....what's wrong with trousers?

I don't feel the cold, but it's still nice to feel warm! Instead of the slightly numb/no shivery feeling. Also last winter (England) it was so bitingly cold that during the 10 minute walk from the bus stop to school I honestly felt like my legs were blocks of ice through my jeans. It was actually painful. I big deal, obviously I'm just a soft kid who wouldn't have lasted an autumn 50 years ago.....but I can't imagine anyone in shorts not feeling that cold and wishing they had something on their legs!

Iggly Fri 30-Nov-12 07:34:49

If a stiff upper lip means keeping up a ridiculous front then YABU. It's bloody COLD.

If its just for cuteness and the child doesn't mine, then let them learn grin

Iceaddict Fri 30-Nov-12 07:35:57

No it's too cold, yesterday I saw a friend of DS go to school in shorts who usually wears trousers. It was also the first day we've had frost. Crazy. And his mother was wrapped up warm!

Plus medically speaking- if you don't cushion the temperature change from going into the cold from a warm house, isn't your heart going to have a shock? of some kind. I heard that that's why you should wear coats.

TheNebulousBoojum Fri 30-Nov-12 07:54:31

If he's wearing shorts because he's happy in them, won't get cold at playtimes, that's fine.
If he's wearing shorts because a daft parent has some sort of Just William/Blyton fantasy then that's wrong on all counts.

RedHelenB Fri 30-Nov-12 08:00:59

My son 6 chooses to wear shorts to school - trousers make his eczema itchy. It's cold this morning, I'll ask does he want his trousers but I've a feeling it will be no! He's only just wearing a jumper over his short sleeved shirt!!!

RedHelenB Fri 30-Nov-12 08:03:10

Oh & he wears ankle socks!! Having said all that, central heating is on in school & at playtimes hes running around the playground!!

usualsuspect3 Fri 30-Nov-12 08:11:00

Sometimes I think I've slipped back in time when I read MN. Are there still really schools that won't let boys wear long trousers?

JugglingWithPossibilities Fri 30-Nov-12 08:18:14

DS is in year 6 and is one of a few who still likes wearing shorts - only in summer though. I think he looks cute too ! But I wouldn't do it if he fell over often to save the knees of trousers - I'd rather save the knees of DS with a little layer of protection smile

DeWe Fri 30-Nov-12 09:18:04

Ds wore shorts all last year except one day.

This year he's worn trousers the last two days, but he could have just as well chosen shorts, and probably will next week even if it's as cold.

MrsMelons Fri 30-Nov-12 10:37:12

Yep DSs school have quite an old fashioned uniform - only shorts in infants though - it literally is just his knees that show and his coat covers them anyway. He looks very cute though. He is a bit accident prone so trousers would be better for him.

My friends DS was so tiny when he started school she put him in shorts as all the trousers were too long!

puds11 Fri 30-Nov-12 10:39:48

Children are quite warm most of the time to be fair. However, i wouldn't because i know how much i would hate it, but thats just my personal feelings (im a big jessy when it comes to cold). When i was younger though i used to play in the snow in crop tops!!!!

YABU. It's freezing. Shorts are for summer.

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Fri 30-Nov-12 10:46:15

I suppose if you have to walk 3 mile in a blizzard then shorts would be harsh.
But ds hops in the car and hops out. He runs around at play time.

I asked him this morning if he was cold, he said he wasn't.

I think some of you are mardy arses.

How is wearing shorts any different from girls wearing skirts and socks. Would anybody bat an eyelid about a girl dressed that way?

I live next to a school and the children are out for playtime (infants) No boys in shorts but there is a girl with a skirt and short socks and quite a few with skirts and longer socks. Nobody is standing around shivering.

Have we all got a bit pampered these days? My mother's generation weren't allowed to wear long trousers until they hit secondary school, and they were OK but nowadays most of us have central heating and enough clothes and perhaps we have got a bit soft.

On the other hand, I wouldn't go out in shorts/skirt and socks so who am I to say others should. However, if you don't feel the cold then why not?

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 30-Nov-12 11:04:16

I'd bat an eyelid at a girl in skirt and socks in this weather.... Tights, anyone?


EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Fri 30-Nov-12 11:06:50

Yes tights.

But there were girls at ds' school in a pinafore and long socks this morning.

I grew up in an era when there were no tights for girls and long socks were just fine. I don't remember being cold and that is what we all wore. At secondary we started wearing over-the-knee socks but even then woolly tights weren't really available and nobody's parents forked out for sheer tights. They might not even have been allowed.

Mind you, I don't get the idea that trousers are somehow warmer than skirts. That isn't my experience at all so that perhaps why I don't feel the need to have every inch of skin directly covered.

I am old though what do I know!?

Dd chose long socks this morning. She has tights there but didnt want to wear them. I'm not going to force her.

If ds wanted to wear shorts I'd be a bit hmm but mainly because he only has short socks, and he feels the cold.

AnnIonicIsoTronic Fri 30-Nov-12 11:28:00

See my second link - the actual garment was very far away from an Enid blyton fantasy - more of a skater boy hoodlum fantasy! I think he finds shorts more practical for puddle jumping!!!

bubalou Fri 30-Nov-12 11:39:28

YABU. It's 1 degree outside today - DS is sent to school in trousers with coat, hat, scarf and gloves.

Toasty warm smile

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Fri 30-Nov-12 11:54:32

My DD's school is shorts all year round for boys and skirts / dresses only for girls. The girls do have the option of wearing woolly tights so DD is OK. BUT I feel sorry for the little boys and their bare legs / knees. Even with woolly socks it seems mean to me. I'm actually dreading my DS having to wear shorts all year round when he starts school. I also agree that this sounds like something from the 1950s. Would have been regarded as v outdated at my primary in the 1980s.

So I guess YANBU (or a lot of schools are being equally unreasonable) but it isn't what I'd put my son in given the choice. I don't see how they can enjoy playing out in cold weather if they are not properly dressed for it.

PearlyWhites Fri 30-Nov-12 19:30:48

The boys have to wear shorts all year round in my daughters catholic school.

mumeeee Fri 30-Nov-12 21:12:16

YABU. It's much too cold for shorts.

Hulababy Fri 30-Nov-12 21:15:40

Many boy's school have shorts as uniform ll year round - although most have socks that almost touches them. When it gets colder many go in longer over trousers to get there though.

DD is still in skirt and socks; she has tights but not choosing to wear them.

marriedinwhite Fri 30-Nov-12 21:15:49

.... and the problem is? DS wore shorts from 4 until 11 - because he wanted to. Long(ish) shorts, Long(ish) socks. He's 18 on Xmas day. He survived and grew to 6'2". He does play hooker thought so perhaps we were wise to go with toughening him up grin

FreudiansSlipper Fri 30-Nov-12 21:19:11

ds is still wearing shorts to school

he can wear trousers in the winter months (new rule from this year) so he did for a few days not many of the other boys did and he has gone back into shorts, his choice. He looks ridiculous in his wool duffle coat, hat, gloves, scarf and shorts with his socks falling down smile

The thing to bear in mind though, is that that most school trousers are made from a thin material. Even the more expensive so called wool rich ones (yes, I am glaring at you M&S)
So shorts which come down to the knee and then thick, knee length wool socks may actually be jsut as warm if not warmer?

Dd refuses to wear trousers to school in the winter as they are too cold. She loves her knee length socks and culottes however and she is a girl that feels the cold quickly!

Hulababy Fri 30-Nov-12 23:04:19

BehindLockNumberNine - agree re the trousers. Even as an adult I would always chose a skirt and tights (or long socks if a long skirt) over trousers = it is far warmer, and then you don't get the whole issue of water/snow touching the hem and rising up trousers either too.

sarahtigh Fri 30-Nov-12 23:49:29

I would agree I do not find trousers warmer than skirt and tights; in fact jeans are useless at keeping you warm, if they get wet they are worse than useless as take so long to dry, you need wool or cords to actually be warm

school trouser material from ASDA and such like is so thin it would not keep anyone warm, so shorts made from suiting/ wool with knee length socks would probably be as warm, it is a well known fact that children especially teenagers to not feel the cold as it is never cold enough to need a coat

when DH was at school you had to wear shorts until you were 11 unless you were 5' before then,

SamanthaStormer Fri 30-Nov-12 23:53:56

In this weather? Seriously?! Don't know whereabouts you live but if you're in the North of England like I am, then there's no CHANCE that there'd be going to school in shorts, it's nudging zero degrees out there!
YABU if you live here. They'd come home with goosepimples or hypothermia grin

CatchingMockingbirds Fri 30-Nov-12 23:59:57

It's freezing outside, yabu.

usualsuspect3 Sat 01-Dec-12 00:01:46

Sorry, not having it,

If your knees are exposed you are going to be cold.

tigerdriverII Sat 01-Dec-12 00:15:53

DS wore shorts from Reception to Y5. He loved being the hard one who wore shorts. Then this autumn he demanded trousers and does look a lot warmer (though has to be fought into a coat so is still hard obv). He really liked the attention of wearing shorts, not the wearing of them.

marriedinwhite Sat 01-Dec-12 19:21:34

My DH insists that when he were a lad it were normal to go to Elland Road in a T Shirt between December and Easter grin. He's been moaning all day because the heating has gone above 6 on the dial.

Teenagers? Coats? Any one up for a bunfight?

PigeonPie Sat 01-Dec-12 19:40:38

My reception age DS2 CHOOSES to wear shorts - I provide him with all appropriate clothing, but it is his choice and I am not going to insist about it; he knows the consequenses and knows not to complain! In fact this week he hasn't even wanted a jumper over his polo shirt.

However it is extremely warm in school and when they go outside he'll either have his waterproof all-in-one and wellies or his coat.

I have told the staff that it is up to him.

By the way the definition of a jumper is something a parent tells their child to wear when the parent feels cold!

mercibucket Sat 01-Dec-12 19:48:51

Ds2 always wears shorts in winter and long trousers in summer - strange boy. This is on weekends though

DS (3.6yr) would wear shorts to nursery (if I hadn't hid them) with with his wellies.

But as it is he puts shorts on as soon as he is home. Which I'm thankful for as we had a stage just after he learned to take his trouser off, of him just being in his pants.

Hulababy Sat 01-Dec-12 21:40:38

I'm in Yorkshire and yes, it's been 0, -1 etc this week. The boys school wears shorts all year round. My own dd is choosing skirt and long socks still. Even at the infants I work at we have 2 boys choosing shorts and many girls choosing skirts and socks.

Francesa Sun 02-Dec-12 12:29:43

I would not send him to school in shorts in these temperatures we have at the moment, unless he insists on wearing them, it would be a learning curb for him!grin

fatlazymummy Sun 02-Dec-12 15:44:25

It's up to you I guess, if you think your son is happy. I wouldn't do it though. In winter my boys wear long trousers, My daughter and I wear long trousers or leggings.

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