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Why I Encourage My Toddler to Make a Mess - The February Fox
While I admit that I’m a bit of a helicopter mom trying to take steps back and let my independent boy be himself, there’s one thing I’m 100% on board with: Encouraging him to make a big ol’ mess. My husband is a major creative-type. He draws, plays several instruments, makes incredible videos, and a million other things, so it’s no surprise takes after him in that respect. Right now he may just be painting with watercolors and making dinner out of PlayDoh, but it’s important to me that he doesn’t hesitate when flexing the right side of his brain. I cannot tell you how many times my husband has dropped Fox off at school with a small disclosure of, “Sorry he has faint cat whiskers drawn on his face” or “Fox has a slight green tint to his skin because he was experimenting with art.” It can be a bit embarrassing and sometimes we get a few stares, but I’ll never remember those… Only the cute mental snapshots of him having the time of his life being 3. With mess comes clean-up, which we generally handle by laying down newsprint or dipping him in the bath. But on the …