I have a confession: I have stopped by toddler from doing a plethora of fun things in the past, simply because I didn't want to deal with the mess. Big pile of mud by the side of the road on our walk? Keep on cruising and pray he doesn't see it. Spaghetti and meatballs for dinner? Sorry, I don't want to be picking noodles off the ceiling for a week. Homemade sensory activities? Sounds awesome, but I just can't deal with the aftermath... and I know I'm not the only one! I was happy in my little mess-free bubble until one day it just hit me. I was depriving my little boy of a fun, memory filled childhood for my own selfish, slightly OCD reasons! Sure, we do fun things, but some of my best memories from when I was a kid are the messy, disgusting ones that probably made my mom want to rip her hair out, but she let me do it anyway.
So, in an effort to build lasting memories AND become the "fun mom" I know I can be, we spent this past week going on adventures. Every day, I let Jack do something that I always thought sounded fun, but had never wanted to deal with. He fed himself yogurt for breakfast and enchiladas for dinner. We went to the park and I let him play in dirty puddles and roll in the mud. I tried (and failed) my hand at making homemade play dough and let him play in the sticky mess.And you know what? His big smile and happy giggles made all the extra time cleaning up messes 100% worth it. Still, it doesn't hurt to have a secret weapon.
And with great restraint, I didn't even yell when he started rubbing it in his hair.
If you read my blog post a couple weeks ago, you know how much I love all free clear. Not only do I not have to worry about Jack's skin breaking out in a rash, but I can just throw everything in the washer with a little bit of this all free clear with Oxi and not worry about if the stains from all our new adventures will come out! This gives me plenty of time to take a relaxing bath and unwind from the stress of all the mess!
all free clear is affordable, toddler-friendly, and yet still tough on stains. It rinses clean and has a gentle, hypoallergenic formula with a powerful clean. Plus, it only has 9 ingredients, which is less than HALF the ingredients of Tide Free & Gentle.) I've said it before and I will say it again... other detergents we have tried simply don't measure up! They have a complete line of gentle laundry products from fabric softener to detergent pods, which means all free clear is the ONLY brand in our laundry room and we plan to keep it that way.
Now that I've found all free clear to ease my mess-hating heart, I am free to spend my days being the "fun mom" that I've always wanted to be. Now, if only someone would invent a magic product that would clean my bath, high chair, and kitchen with such ease! ;)
How do you deal with those crazy toddler messes? Tell me in the comments below!