I read somewhere that to maintain a perfectly orderly house, we should treat it like we’re expecting visitors to arrive any minute. Who would want to visit a chaotic and smelly house anyway? I always have this fantasy of having a spanking clean and incredibly orderly home worthy of a center spread on Good Housekeeping or Real Living magazine… but God created children. Children whose creative minds have to be nurtured and encouraged by parents like us. And if that child is like this sweet child of mine who have parents like Dear Hubby and me, expect “creativity” all over the place!
There are times when I feel like a detective in CSI trying to determine the splatter pattern of sticky food on our floors, walls and ceilings (how does jelly get on the ceiling?!). Couch pillows are overturned to create tunnels and bridges while curtains kept falling off the hook from too much ghost-playing. It doesn’t surprise me anymore when I see Thomas the Train inside the freezer and Nigel the Cockatoo in the chiller. It took a long while to convince the Little Boy that his dinosaurs could not sleep with us on the same bed. When he learned how to write, he expressed some of his thoughts through signs that he’d stick to his bedroom door. Read: “No Bath”. Likewise, my imaginary guests will have to deal with the Little Boy coming home from school with glue on his hair, mud on his uniform and ink all over his body. He’d kiss my “guest” as a sign of respect and he’d smell like sunshine. Translation: amoy araw. 🙂
Managing a household is a tough job. It begins the moment you wake up and continues until everyone in the family is asleep. What happens in between these two events require proper organizational skills and instilling discipline if everyone is to survive, or if you still want that magazine feature 🙂
I say, LET THEM PLAY. Kids today should be moving and exploring. A normal day for us can be a discovery moment for them. This regular playtime that may mean nothing to us would be treasured memories for them which could be an oft-repeated story later on when they get old. As mentioned, parents should nurture and encourage their kids’ creativity. I have learned to deal with this creative clutter, our guests will have to do the same as we make happy memories in our home.
“Our house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.” -Author Unknown