Being a parent can sometimes be, well, gross. From potty-training accidents to the dreaded norovirus (a.k.a. the stomach flu), there are plenty of disgusting things I don’t enjoy cleaning up. The good news is there are some kid messes I don’t mind cleaning up. After all, fun activities are sometimes a little disorderly. Furthermore, with kids in the house, I don’t think your home should look like a museum. These are five times I don’t mind getting out my cleaning supplies.
Those tiny pieces of playdough are relentless. They cling to carpet for dear life. They attach to hair, clothing and anything in their path like a parasite. Still, I see playdough as a childhood rite of passage. So, go forth children and make as many hot pink hamburgers as you please. I have learned to put down a smooth, flat surface for the kids to use. This makes cleanup a breeze.
If you think some of the things on the show “Kitchen Nightmares” are scary, you should see what happens when I let my kids loose in the kitchen. One wrong bump of the powdered sugar bag and you have a mess on your hands. Yet, my daughter loves to help and baking is a kid-friendly cooking opportunity. Thus, despite the mess and sometimes less-than-beautiful outcome, I would never deny her requests to help in the kitchen.
A Little Dirt Doesn’t Hurt
Give my son a shovel and a pile of dirt and he is one happy boy. Both my children enjoy helping me garden. Yet, more times than not, the dirt makes its way into their hair, under their fingernails and onto the porch. Then, the dirtiness gets tracked into the house. However, this is easily taken care of with a broom (outside) and some floor cleaner (inside).
Arts and Crafts
When you open up our craft closet, some sequins, paper scraps or crayons may flutter onto the floor. Inside, there is a vast array of fingerpaints, felt, markers and glue. Needless to say, we do a lot of crafts. While I have come up with some non-messy arts and crafts (like beading), most of the crafts involve some sort of paint. We wear smocks and I put down a plastic tablecloth. Still, some washable paint on the face and glue drips here and there are no big deal. Furthermore, the memories we make doing the crafts are worth the clean up duty.
My kids are super funny when they take a bath. My littlest likes to flap his arms and my eldest thinks the backrest is a slide. Since I’m often sitting in the “soak zone,” I put a towel over my lap. Luckily, water is very easy to clean up and, in the process, I end up cleaning some dirt off the floor too!
I enjoy a neat house. However, when my little ones are having fun, I don’t mind cleaning up kid-messes. Luckily, my children like to help me tidy-up so it becomes a team effort. How can I get annoyed by good, “clean” family fun?