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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?

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

FGS. Too precious. Relax

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ?

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

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