While I was bringing a child to bed, another one decided to play with the water tap. It’s a cool tap with a button and when you press it, it becomes a sprinkle water (shower) tap. Next to that, there is a little hose that attaches it to the tap, so you can take it off and spray the whole kitchen pretty much.
Not that that is what it is meant for. But toddlers are great at finding out possibilities where you didn’t see them.
After a few minutes (it doesn’t take long…), she came upstairs and told me that the whole kitchen floor was wet. I asked her what happened, and she had no idea (with guilty eyes).
My initial reaction was: “oh no, I don’t want to clean up the kitchen floor now.” But gladly I didn’t share my negativity with her.
I went downstairs with her, and I noticed her waiting for me to get angry with her. Then I asked her:
“Did you like to make a mess?” I asked.
“No”, she answered.
I said: “I do like to make a mess, I think it’s a lot of fun. Wasn’t it fun to spray with water?”
She looked at me, and gave a shy “yes” as a reply.
Then I said: “I think it’s really fun to make a mess. And then we clean it up, and it’s all good.”
And then we laughed about it together, and cleaned up the water together.
For a toddler making a mess is fun (and for some older kids and adults too!). Enjoy their world of exploration, and enjoy a clean floor after they’re done with their mess creation. 🙂