What did I learn from making a mess
Red paint in the hair?
Blue paint on the jeans?
Sand in the shoes?
Peanut butter on a favorite shirt?
Your child probably…
Worked with a friend-Solved a problem-Created a masterpiece-Negotiated a difference-Learned a new skill-Had a great time-Developed new language skills.
Your child probably didn’t…
Feel lonely-Become bored-Do a repetitive task that is babyish-Do sit down work that is discouraging.
Paid good money for those clothes-Will have trouble getting red paint out-Were concerned the caregivers aren’t paying attention to your child.
Your caregiver probably…
Was aware of your child’s special needs and interests-Spent time with your child-Encouraged the children to try new things-Was worried you might be concerned.
Young children really learn when they are actively involved in play… not when someone is talking to them. There is a difference between “messy” and “lack of care” your caregiver made sure your child was fed, warm, offered new skills and planned messy fun things to do because that’s how your children learn.
Send your children in clothes that can get dirty. Keep extra clothes at the site for the times when the child gets really messy, and remember… your children need time to be kids.