This winter I decided it’s just not a battle worth fighting. They see what clothes I am wearing and they can easily check the weather outside. The rest is up to them.
Growing up in the Midwest, I wore warm clothes because it was necessary. Most of the time, however, my kids will be fine if they go outside in sandals, wear shorts and/or short-sleeves. They may feel cold. Friends and strangers may comment on their clothing choices. But I don’t have to worry about them getting frost bite.
So, we made a deal. Our kids bring warm clothes in their backpacks to school. I keep warm clothes for them in the minivan. And they wear whatever is necessary for an event (swimsuit for the pool, dress up for special occasions, etc). I leave the layering decisions up to them... as long as I don’t hear any whining or complaining.
I think a lot of parents want their kids to wear a jacket or a sweater because they hate hearing all the whining about being cold. It can ruin a family outing to the park, beach, or even school drop off. So, as long as our kids are happy, respectful and not whining about the temperature, I’m fine with them wearing however many layers they want in this California weather.