Unsolicited parental advice is everywhere. It’s time to stop internalising it, and be the parent you want to be. Let your kids run free.
“Don’t get your clothes grubby!” they say. “Better safe than sorry” they interject. But do we want our kids to be passive partakers in the world? Or active game changers?
We say it’s time to rip up the parenting rule book and challenge some of the overused and outdated phrasing.
But no one ever changed the world through cleanliness and rule obeying. Adventures in the woods, building dens, digging for worms, splashing in puddles – it’s all part of the fabric and wonder of childhood. Encourage your kids to go wild, explore nature, and learn for themselves. So what if they get messy in the process?
Covid heightened our awareness of hygiene, but kids still need dirt and germs and microbes to build a healthy immune system. Dr Jack Gilbert, author of “Dirt is Good”, goes step further – urging parents to focus on eating healthy rather than keeping kids squeaky clean. So re-open that mud kitchen. It’s time to get messy.