I’m all for teaching children to mind their manners and behave themselves. Obedience is extremely important in our home (not saying we’re perfect by any means!).
I also strongly believe in allowing my children to enjoy their childhood. I try not to be too strict about things that really aren’t doing any harm…
Like rolling in the mud.
I’ve got some great shots of them completely slathered in mud. I’m talking COVERED, people.
We had such a beautiful, unseasonably warm last weekend so we spent a lot of time outdoors. While Jerry and I worked around the home, the kids rolled around in and flung mud to their little hearts’ content, laughing and truly enjoying themselves for hours. I giggled as I overheard Jada sigh from her mud hole, “Ahhhh, this is the life!”
Later on in the day though, Jerry and the kids were outside when three people on 4-wheelers came driving up our driveway. Right past the “NO TRESPASSING” sign. What the heck were they doing on our land?? And why in the world were they driving up our driveway, obviously off any trail?! (That’s incredibly infuriating to me.)
When they got to the house Jerry yelled out to them, but they turned around and left without even acknowledging him. At first I was most angry because I hate the idea of strange people, especially those who have no consideration for other people’s property, possibly seeing my children playing outside.
But later on I couldn’t help but laugh at the idea of what if they did spot the kids… hiding in the trees, caked in mud!
I threatened the kids all day with the water hose, but it got dark before we went in, and I didn’t want to chill them. So, they got a nice shower, and then (after all of the mud had washed down the drain) a warm bubble bath.
And guess what.
They are still dirty.
Ah, the joys of childhood.
Parents, don’t be too strict on your little ones. This part of their life goes by so quickly. They’ll be adults for most of their lives. Let them enjoy their innocence. A little mud never hurt… these are the things that make fond memories to recall when they are grown!