I feel like I’m always doing a dance, juggling my conflicting desires to be a mom who allows my children the oppotunity to explore, and living in a house with some order.
Allowing SweetP to play with water (inside, outside, anywhere really) is an example. She would pour water all day long– preferably after she mixed it with sand and birdseed– if I’d let her. But the mess makes me crazy.
Likewise, the kids are always wanting to pull stuff out of the recycling bin to invent stuff. (As an aside, when I ask what the invention does, they usually say they don’t know.) Then I’m left with a mess and some sort of machine that has to be recycled at a later date. Or tools– they want to work with their tools, which is great until I find nails on the floor.
How do you handle the mess? How do you encourage exploration? How do you do it all?