If you’re having one of those days where there’s dirt tracked through every room in the house, piles of books on every surface, cupboards with contents spilling out and kids whining that they’re bored, then I know you’re an amazing parent.
Sure, being a parent is about setting healthy boundaries and saying no when necessary, but it’s also about exposing our children to the richness of life and letting them get dirty in the process. Here are eight things you’re doing right with your parenting.
1. You let them get messy
Mud, dirt, paint or food: if your children are covered in it, then well done! Soggy shoes will dry out and mud or paint will wash off, but what won’t disappear are the great things that happen when kids get messy. Every time you let your children explore the backyard, picking up and looking at things they find on the ground, their immune systems are getting stronger. Scientific studies have even found that getting dirty cheers you up. Also, messy experiences are always sensory experiences – that’s why kids inevitably end up eating sand at the beach and squelching their feet in mud. Because it feels good!