Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Play in the Mud, Sand, Water, Grass, & Don't Leave Until Your Clothes are Dirty!

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Reprinted here with revisions.

Monkey Bars, Mud Pies, and Movement
by: M.B.Varville-Rodriguez
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It's O.K. to let the kiddos enjoy a water play fountain or mud puddle once in a while.  One of the best memories I have from childhood is when my younger brother and I played in a huge mud puddle outside our home.  We were covered in mud and totally soaked in dirty water.  My parents, unbeknownst to us, were filming our antics.  They have the evidence that I encouraged my brother to dip his hair into the filthy muck and we both laughed as the muddy water trickled down his face when he lifted his head.  We had a blast and I'm still amazed that my parents actually let us do that.  My mother said that she never could get all that mud out of our clothing no matter how many times she washed them.  But that memory is priceless. 


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Don't worry, my brother got me back many times over.  He could tell me a story with a straight face and I always believed him.  I kinda still do.  His jokes are legendary and I love it when he sends me my favorite "Far Side" cartoons.  But the amount of fun we had as kids often involved getting as much mud, dirt, and water on ourselves as possible before the street lights came on at night.


  Let's paint, create with play dough, cook in the kitchen, 
and make blanket tents!
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Kids need lots of opportunities to explore, play, and get messy.  I remember a day when I took my three children to a park right after it rained.  I had not anticipated the play area would be so flooded.  The kids were restless and didn't care that the ground beneath the swing set was muddy.  They had been in the house all day and needed to play.  I hadn't planned for it, but went ahead and let them get messy.  They laughed, had fun, and even made up stories to go along with their muddy adventure.  I couldn't help but laugh with them as I recalled my own muddy memories.  We finally decided to go home when it became too chilly and the wind picked up.  I didn't even mind the clean up of both car and kids following our visit to the park.   


Here are a few things to remember if it's hard for you 
to get on board with the tremendous messes 
that come with childhood:

Kids LOVE Projects!
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1.  Kids are washable.  A bit of bath water and some soap and most of them clean up pretty well.  ­čśë



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2.  Messy memories are some of the best.  We also loved lots of finger painting (that often reached beyond their finger tips), 
play dough, cookie creations (lots of flour everywhere), and bubbles. All of these required clean up.


Documenting family memories 
is a great way to preserve your history!
3.  Dirt, sand, and grass stains were the result of many creative play adventures.  Kids learn through play.  Let them have opportunities to explore and get messy! Then take them to the laundry mat for a whole new adventure!  (Lol)


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4.  Don't worry too much about the clothes. They outgrow them pretty fast anyways.  Also, shop at thrift stores like Good Will and The ARC to save on clothing costs.  Then you won't feel as bad when the clothes get messed up. Save other clothes for special occasions if you'd like, but be prepared to take pictures right after putting them on the kiddos.  Chances are, that adorable outfit won't stay clean very long.   



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Inside Secrets of a Former Child Development Teacher
TIP:  If your child attends a full day child care program/school, please expect that at some point those clothes will become dirty. Please do NOT send them in their best outfits and expect them to look the same way at the end of the day. They need to have fun, and the teachers need to worry about other things besides keeping clothes clean.



5.  Kids LOVE projects!  When my siblings and I were growing up, my mother signed up to receive craft kits once a month.  This kept us occupied and allowed our family to create some incredibly fun things: Candle making, Macrame plant hangers, Decoupage decorations for the wall, Cross stitch Christmas ornaments, and so many more! 



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I have to remind myself on a daily basis that messes comes with childhood.  Now that my three children are much older, I do have expectations that they pick up their room and try to keep the house clean.  (And that battle is for another blog.)

 
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As I write this, their rooms reflect a disaster of epic proportions and I am trying to breathe through the trauma that occurs when I walk past their door....one I try to keep closed.  But for now, I'll smile at the messy memories as we work toward that next stage in their development. 

Happy Tuesday everyone!









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Wishing everyone a wonderful week filled 








with challenges, adventures, &
plenty of resources to tackle your goals!




Kindest Regards,
~ Mary










6 comments:

  1. DEFINITELY! I let mine PLAY and they came out just fine (they are 19 and 21). The youngest is in college and the oldest is working and living on his own! Great advie!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your experience,Stephanie! I appreciate that you took time to comment. Sounds like you've raised two amazing young adults. Kindest Wishes, Mary

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  2. Aww, how sweet. The messiest memories are the greatest!

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    1. Yes they are! Thanks for visiting World of Writer Mom and for taking time to comment. You are appreciated!

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  3. I completely agree Mary. Those are some of the best memories I have as a child and I will make sure my kids get to experience that too, mud and all. Great post!

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    1. Sunsets and Bubbly (I love that name!) So happy you visited here and shared a comment! Your children are blessed to have you and they will definitely love talking about their childhood to their own babies one day! Kindest Wishes, Mary

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