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Today's Savannah Guthrie reveals very relatable parenting problem - and her genius solution

Savannah shares children Charley and Vale with her husband Michael Feldman

Savannah Guthrie on Today
Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
23 January 2024
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Savannah Guthrie shared a very relatable parenting issue during Tuesday's edition of Today. The host, who has two children with her husband Michael Feldman, revealed that her seven-year-old son, Charley, refuses to wear pants in the cold weather and will only wear shorts.

Savannah and her co-host Hoda Kotb were joined by co-stars Carson Daly, Craig Melvin, and family psychologist Dr Jennifer Hartstein for a debate about whether parents should force their children to dress warmly for winter when they refuse to wear a coat or would rather wear shorts than longer pants. 

Savannah Guthrie and her children
Savannah Guthrie and with her son Charley and daughter Vale

Sharing her personal experience and clever solution to the problem, Savannah said: "We are living this at home. My seven-year-old would only wear shorts and I finally just hid the shorts. 

"I just took them and put them away and now he has no choice," she added. 

Giving her advice, Jennifer said: "I think you have to pick your battles with anything. Hiding them is great and [so is] seasonal transfer - putting spring and summer stuff away when winter stuff comes down. But do you need to have the battle every morning? Or do you come up with an agreement? If it's a certain temperature you can wear the shorts. Is this the hill you need to die on?"

Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Today© NBC
Savannah shared her solution to the very relatable parenting problem

When asked if kids are really putting themselves in any danger by going out without a coat, Jennifer responded: "They're not. Whereas we used to be outside for a long period of time, they're not outside that much. 

"You want them to be safe. A little time in the cold is not going to make them sick," she added. 

As well as Charley, Savannah shares a nine-year-old daughter named Vale with her husband Michael, who works as a public relations and communications director. The family live in a townhouse in New York City, and also own a vacation home in New York State. 

WATCH: Inside Today star Savannah Guthrie's jaw-dropping vacation home

Savannah, who has been married to Michael since 2014, has previously spoken about her parenting approach and the importance of setting boundaries. 

"I've never subscribed to that old-fashioned notion of 'Wait until your father gets home'," she told last year. 

Savannah Guthrie shared a sweet photo inside her family home after moving house earlier this year
Savannah and her husband Michael Feldman have been married since 2014

"You're not parenting if your kid hasn't called you mean — that's how you know you're doing it right. I don't like hearing it, but you have to have boundaries, you have to have those limits, and your kids won't like them. So sometimes you have to let them think that you're mean," she continued, adding that her children make their beds every morning. "I always tell them, 'I'm not judging on perfection, I'm judging on effort,'" she said. 

Savannah welcomed her first child, Vale, in 2014 at the age of 42, before going on to welcome her son in 2016. She's previously called Charley a "medical miracle" after undergoing several rounds of IVF before falling pregnant. 

Savannah Guthrie in sunglasses smiling with her daughter Vale© Savannah Guthrie on Instagram
Savannah pictured with her daughter Vale

Opening up about her pregnancy struggles back in 2019, she said: "Because we are older, it was important to me for her [Vale] to have a sibling, somebody to do life with," she told Health magazine.

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Savannah says her son Charley was a 'medical miracle'

"My husband and I, we decided, 'OK, let’s give it a shot,' you know? But it ended up taking more than one attempt. It took a few," said Savannah. 

"But we were lucky. I always say, Charley was, like, the last egg out. He really was. And we're so blessed."

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