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Elementary Aged Kids Your little ones have grown up right before your eyes! They are no longer those little babies they once were, and soon they are moving to adolescence.

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Old 09-12-2005, 08:28 AM
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Help, My 5 y.o. DD hates wearing socks!!!

This morning it literally took my DD 20 minutes to put her socks and shoes on. Not, to just get motivated to get them one. It took 20 minutes of hands on time. She would get one sock on, that shoe on, than go to put the other sock on and decide that the sock didn't feel right. It had something in it, it was twisted. She wants the little "nubbies" from the seam cut off. Well if I were to cut that off the sock would fall apart.

She has to wear shoes and socks, as it gets too cold here to not wear them. I went through this last year also. It just wasn't this bad. I feel bad because it becomes a fighting battle. I get upset, than she gets upset. And she Loves school, I have to literally threaten that she will miss the bus, if she don't get shoes and socks on.

I think she just really hates the feel of socks. Has anyone else ever had this problem??? Any solutions??? Any suggestions??
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Old 09-12-2005, 08:43 AM
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Karen,

Evan wasnt thrilled with putting socks on last week for school either. I think maybe its just the age! After wearing sandles all summer it does feel "weird" to have to wear socks. As soon as he is in the house though off come the socks. Including winter. I hope this year to be able to talk him into wearing slippers! We shall see. On the flip side it takes him a couple of weeks to get used to wearing sandles and not socks and shoes. lol

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Old 09-13-2005, 02:11 AM
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You know that is what really gets me. She had no problems putting the socks and shoes one the day of and a few days after buying the shoes. I guess it was sheer excitement of new shoes.

Oh, last year when it came to flip flop wearing time, she was ready. Even on gym day, she would demonstrate to me how well she can run wearing flip flops. Now, if she can stand to wear flip flops, with that darn strap between her toes, what is the big deal with socks???
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Old 09-13-2005, 05:18 AM
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Karen,

hmmmm, are her socks thin or thick? Maybe that would make the difference?

Its funny how she is trying to convince you how she can run in flip flops!

How did it go this morning?

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Old 09-13-2005, 07:53 AM
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I have tried thick and thin sock. I even tried the toe socks, oh my gosh, were they ever a mistake!! The only thing that did not bother her feet were tights. But, than they bothered her up at the top.

Funny thing about her trying to convince me she can run in flip flops. She actually can run in them.

Today, went better. She got the shoes and sock on without out initial complaint. But, after they were on for a bit than she complained!!!
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My DD did this for a while at this age too.
The sock couldn't have a wrinkle, etc. Drove me up a wall.
She DID grow out of it.
I was going to suggest tights but you said they bothered her at the waist.
One thing I will suggest is--make SURE the shoe fits her properly. It might be that her shoes are too tight--and little kids aren't very reliable about telling you whether the shoes fit well.
You don't live in a climate where socks are optional! She will get used to it. I would let her change her socks ONCE while getting dressed and then she has to stick with what she picks. If she's not in a uniform, it doesn't matter if they match the clothes. This is a warmth issue.
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Here's another thought--if she hates the seam, let her wear the socks INSIDE OUT. She's 5. Her teacher will just think she dressed herself
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Old 09-14-2005, 02:01 PM
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Barb, that is what I was wondering about the shoe fitting properly. So I watched more closely. And it is as soon as the sock is on.


Great minds think alike. I tried to get her to wear a pair from last year. It wouldn't even be noticeable that they are inside out, from above the shoe. But, she insisted on wearing her new socks. Which I let her pick out. And they have a little design on them. And of course that little design has to show.(sigh)

Hopefully she grows out of it like your daughter did. And yes you are right, we do not live in a climate where socks are optional!

Today was another struggle. The sock has a lump in it. The sock is twisted. The sock is backwards.(uuuuuggggghhhhh)

Thanks for your input. Maybe her new socks will disappear for a little!
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Karen, even though it's cold w/o socks I would let her go w/o them. We live in FL now but when the girls were younger (they're 17 & 22 now) we lived in MI & CA where it did get cold. When they tried pulling the "I don't want to wear socks" or didn't like how they felt, etc. I let them go w/o. Their feet got cold, they complained & I gave them a choice - cold feet or socks. They chose the socks & stopped complaining . Kathy
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Hi Karen,

I don't have any helpful suggestions, but I thought that you might enjoy hearing that my ds, who is a college student, has never liked shoes and socks and to this day is barefoot most of the time. His feet were always very hot in socks and shoes -- no matter what type we tried. We live in southern California, but we have lived in Minnesota, Iowa and Connecticut. He wears sandals when he must, but most of the time he goes without. He recently became engaged and his fiance promised him that he would not have to wear shoes at their wedding -- she must really love him!
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