Do You Let Your Kids Get Dirty?

Puddle Jumping! 


Lucas has discovered puddle jumping, and oh my word, he just goes crazy. He is such a boy.

We found some huge puddles (not pictured here)  and he spent a good part of 30 minutes jumping in them. Serious. I was about to prop up a lawn chair and ask the owners for some lemonade.



I am still learning how to “let go” of the clean clothes mentality. I’m actually really proud of myself, because I’m really (or so I think) laid back about my kids and how they play and if they get dirty or not. 
I mean, yes, those are $30 converse shoes that I adore, but once they dry they are fine again. If I don’t want him to get his shoes dirty, then I shouldn’t buy them, right?? 

Do you see this face?
Look at how dirty his shoes are. Wet and muddy.
Dirty water on his face.
Clean clothes now wet.

It is worth any mess to see that smile on his face and how happy it makes him!!

Baths are earned in this house.

I am so thankful shoes are just shoes (although, had I known we were going to walk by puddles I would have put him in different shoes or taken them off, but whatever) and that clothes are just clothes and clothes can be washed. Aren’t you?!

Questions:
Do you “allow” your children to get dirty? {I hope the answer is HECK YES!}
How can we, or how do you provide opportunities for your kids where they can get dirty or messy and play?

Do you remember the painting that Lucas made us? He sure got messy but he had FUN! Nothing a bath won’t wash off!

Send me messy pictures if you have any! 🙂

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

10 thoughts on “Do You Let Your Kids Get Dirty?

  1. I used to LOVE puddle jumping too! (Still do!) I hope to let my son know that there are times when he has to stay clean, but that most of the time he can play and get dirty. And baths are so much fun too! I definitely don't want to be the kind of mom walking around with 3 different kinds of wipes and 4 changes of clothes to try and keep my little boy pristine.

  2. Hahaha. I don't allow my kids to get dirty—I can't avoid it! I could stick them in a bubble and they would find dirt. But, seriously, I don't worry about it too much. I'm not much for bibs and I let them splash away if we find a mud puddle. There will be plenty of years where they have to stay clean and go to work like good adults, why not let them play now?

  3. Hahaha. I don't allow my kids to get dirty—I can't avoid it! I could stick them in a bubble and they would find dirt. But, seriously, I don't worry about it too much. I'm not much for bibs and I let them splash away if we find a mud puddle. There will be plenty of years where they have to stay clean and go to work like good adults, why not let them play now?

  4. I am a clean/neat freak (or I was before I married my husband and had my son). So watching him get messy raises my anxiety like nothing else. Ravioli night? OMG. But Silas loves to get messy too, and I do let him. It's not about us, it's about him investigating I think. I just step back and remind myself that he is washable, the clothes are washable, everything's washable…so GO! I'll post a pic on my page of him at his messiest LoL

  5. I always look at your pictures and think that its so great that you allow your boys to have fun outside and get dirty! I have 4 and 2 year old girls that say things like- is it OK to get my hands dirty? I always say YES!!! I have a baby boy just a few days older that yours and I'm just assuming we'll start to get messy more once he's mobile! I love it!

  6. Ingrid used to LOVE to splash in puddles. It was honestly her favorite pasttime when she was Lucas' age! I don't care about her being messy like that, like getting her clothes dirty or whatever. What drives me nuts is the toys all over, dumping out a bucket of whatever just to dump it out. So messy on herself, yes, messy in my house, not if I can help it!!

  7. my girl looks at dirt and is covered. there is no 'looking for dirt', she just finds it naturally. she sits and plays in rocks, moves dirt with her hands from spot to spot, 'washes' her hands in mud puddles, and so on. she's learned to wipe her feet off, and then wait and see if she needs to wash them (along with her hands)… we go through a lot of towels, but it's a lot of fun!

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