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When Your Child Comes Home Messy

WHEN YOUR CHILD COMES HOME MESSY  http://gorhammainechildcare.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/th.jpeg

Red paint in the hair? Blue paint on the jeans? Sand in the shoes? Peanut butter on a favorite shirt? White socks that look brown? Sleeves a bit damp?


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


Feel lonely, become bored do a repetitive task that is babyish, do worksheets that are too easy, do sit down work that is discouraging


Paid good money for those clothes, will have trouble getting the red paint out, are concerned the caregiver isn’t paying enough attention to your child.


Was aware of your child’s special needs and interests, spent time planning a challenging activity for the children 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 child in clothes that can get dirty! Keep extra clothes at the site for the times when the child gets really messy. But remember, your children need time to be kids.

~~~Author Unknown~~~


Comments on: "When Your Child Comes Home Messy" (2)

  1. Sheri Martinez (Kaci's Favorite Aunt) said:

    Love this Nancy! Really love this!! Thanks for being so much more than just a “Caregiver” to Kaci. You make her days special every day she is with you – that kind of attention can not be duplicated. You make her laugh, you make her smile, you make her happy – things we could not ever thank you enough for! I hope you continue to let her get dirty, stinky and exhausted…..because that means you are creating memories for her and for us. You are such a blessing!!

    • Thank you so much for your sweet words. I am so glad I get to see Kaci almost every day. She is so special to me. I am glad I am making positive, fun memories in her life. I love to hear her laugh and see her smile. And just how much she loves her arts and crafts. I hope that she will continue with me for a long time.

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