How lovely is the weather currently? We are enjoying giving our fans and air conditioners a break. Our home can be quite chilly in the mornings and we are actually wearing our cardigans (me) and sweaters (boys) on our morning walk to school at 8am. Scout is in longs the entire day, and sometimes with socks too. As much as possible we’ve also been enjoying lots of outdoor activities all without breaking much of a sweat.
I have to admit, when I had my first child, I was prone to letting him go about in a onesie without any bottoms or socks, and later as a toddler without a shirt on a hot day, all of which were frowned upon (I think you can guess by who right?). Eventually, I came around to their point of view (or did I just give up?) and it’s coming more naturally to me to make sure that the kids are covered up properly, but every now and then I do still need a reminder. You should see us at swimming! Unless it’s exceptionally hot, the kids are usually in two layers of rash guard and one layer of 3mm neoprene. And a hat, if necessary.
And then one day there was enlightenment while reading a western book which basically explained the principals behind the need to keep babies warm that the Chinese often prescribe.
“..it is important to keep babies and toddlers warm and protected from drafts so their energy can go into development instead of into maintaining their body temperature.”
(In context, development here refers to that of the brain, central nervous system, etc.)
And suddenly it just made sense. Heck, if someone had said that in the beginning, I’d have been more compliant sooner! I think it’s human nature that what we don’t think is instinctive, will require an explanation or rationale. So in this context, reading this really helped me!
Recently when we were in Shanghai, I was also quite amused by how everyone is obsessed about keeping their feet warm (other parts are already very covered), and especially when we were all sick, I made it a point to get everyone in socks, something I really should do more often.
So although sometimes it can really feel like nagging, maybe the older generation really do know what they’re talking about. Even if in some ways, they don’t really know what they’re on about.