Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Joyful Mess Children Bring

Written by a contributing writer 

When we make the decision to have children, we generally tend to think of the 10 tiny fingers and 10 little toes (that create the odd sticky fingerprints on the walls here and there). Still, sometimes it goes much further than that. Many of us have some stories from parenting that will turn your stomach. And even though being a parent can be an absolutely fantastic experience most of the time, we wouldn’t change it for the world, there are plenty of issues that crop up in our homes as a result of having children. Here are some of the things that may happen you as a result of having smaller versions of yourself running around your home.

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As adults, we may choose our flooring in our homes according to taste. Some of us have wooden flooring and some of us have carpets laid. Generally, we take our shoes off and keep them as clean as possible most of the time. But when are our children become mobile the floor in our homes can get completely trashed at times. Quite often, we will find discarded food, glue, paint, other arts and crafts materials, and the odd drink spilled here and there. And while we are googling carpet cleaning companies in our local area, little children will already be moving in the next mess to create. Of course, they don’t do it on purpose, as they are just learning, but it can still be frustrating nevertheless.

That Sudocreme moment

Most parents at some point in their journey will find the children covered in cream of some kind. Sometimes it is Sudocreme...Sometimes it is an expensive face cream that we would much rather they hadn’t touched. But many parents will regale tales of that moment they found that their child had covered themselves in something. Quite often it only takes a little moment to clean up, so isn’t the end of the world, but again this can be a little inconvenient! Especially for the typically busy parent.

Permanent marker

Much like the Sudocreme, permanent markers should always be kept well out of children’s reach. This goes without saying, of course, but this may not be as easy to keep track of as you might think. Especially if you have more than one child. Children can find their way into many things, including trouble, and discovering that your little darling has taken a permanent marker to some wall coverings, your favorite dress, or even a sibling is quite a common thing. This tends to be when having parent friends comes in handy. They will know precisely how to remove these permanent stains and give you tips on redecorating when you need it. There are even Facebook pages full of families who have the wisdom and sense of humor to be able to help you with this potential issue.

Pet mess

If you didn’t have pets before you had children, then it’s only a matter of time before the younger members of the family start asking for a pet of their own. Obviously, this is a big step and you will need to be completely prepared to deal with everything that having a pet in the family throws at you. This can mean training, housing, entertainment, and food. But above all else, a mess. Even if you choose to bring a kitten into your family, they will need a litter box that requires cleaning often. Cats, dogs, and even rabbits and guinea pigs don’t care about your clean carpets and walls. So you will need to add this to your list of chores and think carefully before agreeing to expand your family. When it comes to pets, the mess doesn’t necessarily stay inside the home. You will need to be aware that dogs and cats and other outdoor pets, can cause plenty of chaos in your garden too. But that’s just part of having and taking care of your pets.

Ultimately the mess children bring into your life is a small price to pay for the joy they bring. But be prepared for some interesting smells, unusual stains, and replacing soft furnishings when it all becomes a bit much. It can add time-consuming activities and expense to your life that you may never have imagined; it may add a little more stress than you believe too. But ultimately, that’s the task we take on, and eventually, the children will be old enough to help with the chores and tidying up after themselves and their pets too.

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