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When I was a kid I LOVED to get muddy. As evidenced by the pictures, my friend and I would literally SIT in mud puddles, and intentionally cover our whole bodies in mud. I don't know why it was so fun to me, but it was. Now I wear gloves to keep my hands clean when I garden...
Anyways, my mom was a great sport about it, on a regular basis we would come in, absolutely filthy, and she would just laugh, take a picture, and have us go clean up. Sometimes in the summer she would "make" us hose off before coming in, but in the summer that is fun, not torture. I am not sure I will ever be as relaxed about it as my mom.
See I love kids, and I am not a neat freak, but I do try to avoid difficult to clean messes. For instance, no child in my care will ever have a "messy spaghetti face" picture. Because if I give them something messy, I spoon feed it to them until they have proved themselves capable of using a spoon properly with non-messy things like beans. I don't know why the messes bother me, and I wish they didn't so I could be a little more laid back and let them enjoy getting messy/dirty/covered in food, but they clean-up of something that could easily of been avoided is just irritating to me.
I wouldn't get my kids in trouble for coming inside looking like this (unless they went on my carpet), but I wouldn't encourage it either. I'm just a stick in the mud (pun not intended until I typed it, then I decided to keep it)
Did you mom let you take outdoor mud baths? Do you let your kids?