I grew up in the country where dirt and bugs abound.  I thought nothing of getting dirty and dusty – it was all part of every day life – work and play.

Then I grew up, got married, and we’ve lived in the city for the last seven years.  It’s amazing how living in the city changes you!  I didn’t realize how dirt-phobic I was until my little girl started walking.  Suddenly I felt myself cringing at the thought of her getting dirty.  I had become lazy and didn’t want to have to clean her off.

I’ve become a WIMP!

And worse – I brainwashed my kid into thinking that getting dirty is a bad thing!  What am I trying to do to this poor child?  I don’t want her growing up to be another Mr. Monk, that’s for sure.

(In case you don’t know who Mr. Monk is, he’s an extreeeeme germaphobic.  Go straight to Netflix instant and watch every episode, they’re GREAT!)

You know you have done something wrong when you go outside and your kid sees leaves on the ground and shouts, “OH NO!  MESSY!”.  On the last sunny day I let Emma play outside in her sandbox and she got a little bit of wet sand on her pants.  She jumped up and with a tortured expression said, “Dirt!” and tried to take her pants off.  I had a hard time distracting her – even telling her it was okay to get dirty didn’t help!

I have some serious work cut out for me.  I’m going to be making sure she gets good and dirty this summer!  Because playing in the dirt and mud is FUN!

I have a feeling we’ll be taking a lot of baths in the future…

How do you feel about letting your kids make messes and get dirty?



6 Responses to How Do You Feel About… Dirt?

  • Dirt horrifies me. LOL… How did that happen? Well what has helped me is to designate some clothes for my kids that I don’t if they get dirty! I tell her and MYSELF it’s okay if these get a little dirty but it doesn’t apply to everything she wears. It freaks me out when we go out when it rains and she attempts at no cost to jump in every puddle she sees! ( welcome to Oregon…)

    • Those are gorgeous! :) What a great idea! Where can I find a swamp like that… hahaha

      • Awww thanks! Not too far from you actually, it’s in Tigard. I was surprised at how popular these sessions were. Moms were saying they are usually trying so hard to keep their kids clean and out of the dirt that it was fun to have one day to let the kids go get muddy. Once the kids realized it really was okay to get dirty they had a blast! Even the big kids got in on the action, http://ecphotographypdx.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/muddy-monday-again/ (Not trying to leave a ton of links on your blog or anything, but here are some other mud sessions… these were just so much fun!)

  • I’m a fan of dirty if (and only if) it’s contained. Our kids LOVE to draw in shaving cream, make messy art projects, capture lizards (we live in Florida), and paint each other’s bodies. But it all has to be planned with lots of rag towels and buckets of water and perhaps a change of clothes nearby. Planning tends to quench spontenaity to some degree, but it goes a long way in calming my nerves.

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