My kids are allowed to play dirty, great for the immune system amongst other things! I just like them clean when we go out!
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12-06-2012 08:31 #111
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12-06-2012 09:32 #113-
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DS is the happiest when he is covered in mud, dirt and/or food. However, he has a shower every day and he gets clean clothes every day, so it's not like I don't teach him personal hygiene.
I guess you are very lucky to have such a tidy DD, yet I wouldn't want DS any other way.
I have lots and lots of photos of me being a toddler and always covered in mud and dirt. I would have the biggest and proudest grin on my face.
We lived on a large property and my parents let me run around and get dirty as much as I wanted. The hose was always on standby
It is a feeling of pure freedom and gave me the chance to explore and discover without having to worry about keeping my clothes clean.
I want DS to be the same. He should never be limited in his imagination and explorations by the fact he has to keep his clothes clean.
As long as he doesn't hurt himself or break/touch items he really shouldn't, he can get as dirty as he wants.
Plenty of clean clothes in the cupboard thanks to nanna who works at Vinnies
As long as they don't smell horrible or have bad personal hygiene, than dirty clothes on kids don't bother me at all. I wouldn't think twice when seeing a child covered in dirt, but with a big happy smile on his/her face
12-06-2012 09:45 #114
I agree with grubby vs. dirty. Grubby is gross. Dirty indicates fun was had usually.
I have a change of clothes in their bags and a change of clothes in the car. I really don't like seeing wet kids at the supermarket as it's a bit too chilly for that now.
12-06-2012 09:46 #115
I wouldnt care if a mothers child was wearing dirty clothes (as long as the clothing has been changed from previous day. Known a mother to keep her child in the same clothing for a week [He was very smelly by the end of the week] ).
Their child could be like mine as soon as you change them within a matter of minutes they are dirty again. My oldest wears 1 set of clothes a day unless we go out then I change her. DD2 wears about 3 sets lol shes very messy when it comes to eating and being a crawler also adds.
12-06-2012 09:50 #116
I grew up in the country. As kids we were always dirty. I feel sorry for my poor mother now putting up with children who threw cow pats at each other and considered a swim in the dam as a bath!! She would always have us clean and neat for school each day and for church on Sundays.
Raising children is tough enough sometimes without freaking out over our kids when they spill a drink on themselves, or get a bit sticky from a lolly, or a bit dirty from playing in the park. There's a big difference between long term child neglect or abuse and picking up untidy or grotty kids from kindy and running into Coles to grab a few things. I do what I have to as a mother to ensure that my children are happy, healthy and loved. If that means they aren't suitable for attending a wedding 24/7... well, I can live with that. I rarely venture to the shopping centre with all my children - quite honestly, I'd rather walk on glass. But when the unfortunate event occurs, their hands and faces and clothes are clean, they have brushed hair and shoes on their feet - usually. Would I pass judgement on another mum for a dirty child, especially if my "dar" were switched on and I could see that it was just a quick trip to the shops with a grotty kid? Never. Never, never, never. I'd smile in my reassuring way and show her that this is one kindred spirit who understands that sometimes stuff happens and it's ok to be not-perfect.
I used to worry over little things - but with grown up children as well as little guys, I only have enough left to sweat the big stuff now. Like when my son had a car accident, or my other son got work in Brisbane and had to leave home to be on his own. Or how my daughter will be going to Uni next year. Or how my 2 year old has a bad cough and chest infection. It now seems that whether or not they they once went to the shops with a dirty shirt on just doesn't matter that much anymore.
12-06-2012 09:57 #117Senior Member
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I always dress my children in nice clean clothes however kids are kids and they get dirty. Like the other day we were at a friends house for a playdate and I had a doctors appointment straight after (across the road) so I bundled up the kids, washed their hands and faces and dusted the off and walked over to the hospital. They weren't filthy but DD did tip some sand out of her shoes onto the floor and DS2 still had sand in his pockets we did clean it up though I was sitting there thinking that I should have changed them but in the end the doctor ended up talking to them about what a wonderful time they had had in the sandpit and thought it was great. All good
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