My little girls love girly dresses and tea parties, but when mud and puddles are around, there is no stopping them. They know how to get dirty.
Being the mother and the one who have most of the responsibility of keeping this house clean, I have to fight the urge to scream "Nooooooo, don't roll yourself in that". I often have to bite my lips not to say those words, but sometime I fail. Seeing those sad little faces breaks my mothers heart.
It's not easy, knowing that my ever growing pile of dirty clothes, in a instant, just grew bigger. Knowing that it's too cold to let them undressed outside, and therefore I will have to clean the floor, rug and probably the walls too.
Then I look at them, the smile on their faces, their laughter, giggles the joy pure joy of being free. How is it that we loose that freedom when we become parents? Does responsibilities and maturity have to come with chains?
Freedom does not mean that we have to be irresponsible, let go of all that is moral and right.
No, freedom is being able to embrace the mess and being ready to clean it after.
Today's challenge, put on the rubber boots, be free to get dirty, have fun. Let your children see you happy to be around them, to play with them. To live freely with them. And maybe, just maybe with the promise of hot chocolate, you might have little helpers to clean up the mess with you, to share the load. Because you have given them something that is priceless, you have given them a part of you, they might learn to give you a part of themselves also.
How about you, what kind of messy thing in parenting that have you on chains? Let's be honest here, we all have at least one thing that makes us cringe, that makes us want to say Noooo, one thing that keep us from being free. What's yours?