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Jackie Hyland: Baby, it's cold outside!

Posted January 12, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015

Anchor Jackie Hyland poses with her adorable Coton de Tulear, Sophie.

It is January, after all, so chilly temperatures, while not welcome, are certainly not surprising!

As a Mom, I worry, worry, worry that my girls are not bundling up enough before leaving for school in the morning.

When they were little it was so easy. I was in charge of how many layers I could wrap around their little bodies, and let me tell you over time I got really good at layering on those layers.

Sometimes they were so bundled up they could hardly move! Often, when I thought I had done an excellent job of bundling my precious bundles of joy, somehow my mother-in-law thought they were not bundled enough.

Now I have a whole other problem: My girls are old enough to fight back against bundling up! This morning, temperatures were below 20 degrees so I dragged myself out of bed at the crack of dawn to tell my 16-year-old to make sure to dress properly before going out to school.

She was wearing a sweatshirt and a scarf and she told me she was wearing enough! I, of course, freaked out, telling her she needed to wear a jacket. How about a hat? Maybe even gloves?? I love gloves!!

She compromised and wore a vest over her sweatshirt. As for my younger daughter, she was a little more eager to please and wore a winter jacket. I really hope this winter isn't too cold. I will be exhausted from begging my girls to bundle up!

Funny, as I write this, I have a distant memory of my Dad begging me to dress more appropriately in the cold weather! Ah yes, Dad, it has taken years, but now I finally understand! Love you, Dad!

Jackie is the mom of a tween and a teen. She is an anchor for WRAL-TV. Find her here on Go Ask Mom monthly and follow her on Facebook.

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  • CAJ Jan 13, 2015

    I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND KNEW EVERYTHING. I WANTED TO WEAR SOMETHING NOT SO WARM IN A PRETTY CHILLI DAY. MY DAD TOLD ME TO GO OUT AND MOVE A TIRE FOR HIM FROM THE BARN TO THE HOUSE. WHEN I CAME IN I CHANGED MY CLOTHS FAST.

  • baldchip Jan 13, 2015

    Jackie-years ago-we went on a scout camping trip in mid-October. Weather man said 70s-ok!

    Actually-it was in the 50s all day Saturday with rain on and off. One scout brought no jacket-to my surprise. After hours of watching him using a trash bag as a rain coat, I remembered an old jacket I had I my trunk. I offered and he readily accepted.

    I saw his Mom a few days later and asked about his jacket. She jumped on me-saying they had a real heated discussion in the driveway. Further-she hoped he got real cold to learn a lesson.

    Fast forward, this scout-now Eagle Scout-and budding engineer is 25. To this day, he carries a jacket in his truck-everywhere.

    Lessons learned!!

  • Ashley Porter Jan 13, 2015
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    My 15 year old daughter dresses appropriately for the weather most of the time-coat and all. My 13 year old son though-not so much. His version of a jacket is a hoodie. Whatever, not a battle I'm going to fight. He doesn't even own a winter jacket anymore-what's the point of spending $ on something he won't wear anyway?

  • RGMTRocks Jan 13, 2015

    I have one who will be 18 in a couple of weeks. She loves winter and cold weather but hates a coat! I've completely lost that battle of getting her to wear one unless she's going to actually be outside for a period of time. So, I make her keep one in her car at least, in case something unexpected happens and she is stuck somewhere for a time in the cold. That makes me feel just a little tiny bit better and apparently, it's the best I'm going to get for now. Hopefully when she's at college next winter, walking everywhere all day, she'll learn to appreciate the warmth of all those cozy winter accessories like coats, gloves and hats! Right now, it seems a scarf is sufficient in her mind. :)