Trendy (Quirky) Things Kids Do

QuotesSomeone please explain to me how it became a fad not to tie one’s shoes. I don’t know about you, but I hate the feeling of my own shoes being untied.

My son walked out the door this morning, and I told him to tie his shoes. Because of the snow on the ground, I decided to drive both my daughter and him to school. He got out of the car, and guess what? The shoes were still untied.

This is a trend among boys. I see it. I see it everywhere.

And guess what?

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I don’t get it.

On another peculiar morning, where the temperatures were hovering around 7 degrees with a wind-chill factor of about 0 degrees, I drove my kids to school. Walking up to the main doors were boys wearing shorts. That’s right. Wearing shorts to school. It was zero degrees.

This is another strange trend that I can’t quite wrap my head around.

And yet, there’s one more. I see it here on campus as well as with middle school kids and high school kids.

That trend is that kids don’t wear coats.

No coats.

Just sweatshirts.

Now, I don’t know about you, but my mother would have screamed at me for not wearing a coat amid a plague of arctic temperatures. She would have told me to wear my coat so I didn’t get sick. She would have told me to wear a coat because it’s the logical thing to do.

And yet, I have to constantly tell my kids to put coats on. What is this all about?

What is the aversion to wearing a coat?

Tie your shoes. Wear sweat pants. Don a coat. Stop being quirky.

It’s really not that difficult.

And I’m tired of sounding like a broken record.


  • Elizabeth Johnson

    If they don’t use their lockers (as I have been told they don’t do in high school) they will have to carry whatever piece of clothing they have to shed off during the day so they just don’t wear it. My kids wear t-shirts and shorts no matter what kind of weather but they do tie their shoes once they get to high school.

    The HS lacrosse coach requires sweatshirt and sweatpants during tryouts and until he says so that way he doesn’t leave it up to the kid to decide whether it is the appropriate temperature to dress warmer or not. Kids-go figure 😉

  • Anonymous

    Could be that you’re showing your age…I still can’t get past shorts & jeans hanging below the crack in kids’ behinds!

  • Anonymous

    I am cracking up reading this. Even though I don’t have children, I can relate. This morning my husband was leaving for work in a short sleeve shirt and cleaning the snow off my car with his bare arm and hand, not using a brush. Meanwhile, I’m inside the house shivering in my flannel jammies. I don’t think the craziness stops in high school. Maybe coats and gloves come out again at 30.

    Now the shoe tieing thing just screams sprained ankle to me.

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