Baby, It’s Cold Outside


This morning was a knock down drag out fight as usual. It has gotten a bit chilly in the mornings and as I was getting the kids ready my daughter came out in shorts and a short sleeve shirt. I asked her to change into pants and grab her jacket. She immediately began to cry, scream and complain that she was not cold. Here is the interaction that followed. And yes, we sang it as though we live in a musical.

Daughter ——– Mother

I really don’t care — Baby it’s cold outside

I really want to wear — Baby it’s cold outside

Pants are so dumb – You’re not going to school like a bum

Shorts will be nice… — Go cover your legs, they’ll be like ice


I’m a big kid don’t you worry – -Beautiful, please we gotta hurry?

I’ll throw a fit here on the floor — I’m in charge please quiet your roar

Mom there’s not even a flurry — Beautiful please we gotta hurry.

Maybe just pack them for sure — Put them on or I’ll give you the cure


Don’t you care what I think? – No, please just do what I say

How about this skirt it’s pink?-Please, just do it my way

It will warm up soon — I don’t really care for your snarky tune

Weatherman said high temperatures by noon –- Your stressing me I will surely swoon


Mom this is so, so, very dumb –- Child you are making me glum?

At least let me pick the ones I want — Can’t we discuss a détente?

Mom can we go? — We can, just as soon as, you know…

Are you even listening to me ?


I’ve put em’ on, now let’s go – Oh, baby, yes but you move so slow

Let’s get outta here –Keep on your coat, or you’ll shed a tear…..

I really don’t care – You better not dare

Look..I took them off – Come now, you’ll get a cough


There’s bound to be kids in shorts –The teachers will glare and snort

At least I’ll be alone at school–What if you caught croup that wouldn’t be cool.

I really don’t care – You better not dare…..


It’s time to stop all the strife, cause baby I’m your Mom for life!


And off to school we went. I am sure at this point in the day she is on the playground with no jacket, and yes it did in fact warm up. Why do I even bother?


  1. I need this song in my life!!! Every morning my 6 year old asks Siri what the weather is today… she listens to Siri but not me her mom… her living breathing mom LOL

  2. This is awesome! My 14 year old son will not, absolutely refuses, to wear pants of any kind. It was 38 degrees the other day and he was in shorts and a hoodie!!! He has never liked pants even when he was so young that I was dressing him. I finally just gave up and thought well freeze your patootie off and maybe you will learn to like pants . . .still hasn’t happened AND he has not gotten sick from being cold either! lol I just figure it is not worth it to battle about. And at one point I even thought oh geez the other moms will think “wow what a horrible mom to let her child out in the cold dressed like that” until I got to school for morning drop-off and saw EVERY one of his friends dressed just like him! Ha!

  3. We live in New England, just north of Boston. I’ve seen kids walking to school in shorts and a hoodie when it’s literally 1 degree outside. My son, who will be 16 in less than a month? He has a wonderful winter coat from LL Bean. The only time he’s ever worn it was on Saturday when it snowed and he helped me clean the car off…and he did so begrudgingly as I said “please, let me just see it on you once…you may never wear it again, but at least I’ll have seen it worn appropriately instead of just when you tried it on to make sure it fit.” The coat was purchased despite the protests of “But I don’t need one.” Someday they will grow up and have children of their own with which to battle this out. Payback. 🙂


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