Tigerlilly Quinn: Embrace the mess

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Embrace the mess



If there is something I'm very guilty of when it comes to parenting it's not always being so keen on getting messy. When Wilf wakes up and requests gardening, baking or painting I usually think about how much cleaning up that is going to involve or that we aren't really dressed for those kind of activities and try and steer him towards a more calmer, tidier activity.


Getting in the moment and being fully chaotic and carefree is something I struggle with. I often have whatever tasks need doing that day on my mind and when the day ends I find myself wishing I'd just embraced his suggestions and not cared so much about what mess it might cause, regardless of oily stains on clothes or fingernails embedded in mud.


Last weekend on Persil's suggestion we decided to throw this mentality to the wind and fully embrace the mess!


We had such a fun morning painting with our hands and feet and using large pieces of paper and brushes to make marks and create what I'm sure you'll agree is a bit of a masterpiece. Thank you Persil Small and Mighty for reminding us as a family to let go of my usual idea of play and really embrace messy play with Wilf.


Do you like to embrace the mess? Or if you usualy stick to the safer types of play would you be happy to just let it go and get messy?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Persil. All opinions are 100% mine

38 comments:

Claire Toplis said...

messy is to have fun , I find it breaks down inhibitions ! , who doesn't love getting messy

Erika said...

I love this post! Embracing the mess is something I have no choice in as we have no storage in our house so it always feels messy. This kind of messy, like what you are talking about though, is definitely the most fun!

JuggleMumBlog said...

Great shot of you all making that painting on the floor!! I have to confess being like you when mine were younger. I would dread the mess as it's me who would have to clean it up but I did bite the bullet many times and let them wreak chaos for the fun of it! I much prefer play dough mess rather than paint mess though!!!

Laura Asbury said...

Great photos and this looks like so much fun!

Helen said...

We embrace the mess especially if I can chase them outside! Inside I just put a shower curtain on the floor and let them play!

mygorgboys said...

This looks like lots of fun. We embrace the mess here x

SlummySingleMummy said...

I must confess I've never really been one to embrace the mess. I've tended to leave the crafts to my mum, my crafty friend Lucy, and clubs!

a touch of domesticity said...

Oh that's so embarrassing - I watched that all gooey like I was having a baby then, oops, remembered that my youngest is four now and I have three boys and none of this applies to me!! Your choices are lovely. I especially liked the Scandi stuff - are you allowed to tell us the facebook group or is it a secret?!

Erica Price said...

I try to embrace the mess some of the time at least - it's not really in me to do it most of the time though.

kathrynsharman said...

I really try. Greig is so good at getting out the paints and stuff with ours. As kids my mum would never do messy play with us so I've really made an effort with mine but it's never easy! xx

katyatapartmentapothecary said...

Eeek! This makes me feel anxious - the potential for paint to go everywhere! Bet Wilf loved it though and such gorgeous shots x

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

Lovely post! I do embrace messy activities but not out of some conscious parenting choice, just because mess honestly doesn't bother me. Most of the time. Until it does. By then I'm usually wishing I didn't have such a high tolerance for mess!

Zing Zing Tree said...

I love activities like this but then my house, my family and mess seem to go hand in hand. Messy memories are wonderful for kids!

Kate Williams said...

Oooh, I didn't realise Boden did gro bags! That's gorgeous, might have to get one for my girl :)

Michelle Ordever said...

I'm totally an organised mess mum/auntie. My sister always jokes about that when my niece comes to my house to play :D

Beautyqueenuk said...

It looks as though you had as much fun as Wilf did x

Lins BooandMaddie said...

If I had children I'd definitely be a mess-embracer - our dog gets covered pretty much head to toe in mud three times a day as is the nature of her breed so I'm quite used to it. Looks like you had a lot of fun with the painting X

Kara said...

I love shopping for kids clothes, especially girls. We try and avoid pink where possible but its tough now its her favourite colour. Congratulations xx

Kara said...

I am very much a "clothes can be washed" person and postively encourage them to get filthy! Persil is my washing powder of choice too

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

Up until recently I was pretty bad with mess but I've decided to try and change as I think it's good for them, having said that I do like it contained to the garden! In fact they are out there now mixing up mud with water (their new favourite game) but it's keeping them so happy that I can turn a blind eye to the fact there is mud everywhere! I do struggle with food mes though, think it's my mum's OCD tendencies making themselves apparent, watching a toddler try and spoon yoghurt into their mouth makes me so on edge! xx

Polly Davies said...

Ah I love getting messy with the kids.... nothing so much fun as painting or digging in the mud!

Helen said...

Arghh no I hate the mess but my boy loves it! I love all your photos, sometimes it's nice to just let it go :-) x

HonestMum said...

Fab photos, I'm the same, messiness freaks me out a bit but we paint on newspaper on wooden floors that are easy to mop!

Laura Rocksteady said...

Oh I love Wilfs and Toms painted t-shirt! I know just what you mean, I have in my mind how the day should go and its hard to find a middle ground when children are by nature so carefree but embracing it every now and then is good for everyone


Laura x

Wild & Grizzly said...

super cute and I'm guilty of the same! must get messy and worry about the dirt later x

Laura Rocksteady said...

Loved watching this vlog - how cute is the Shaun the Sheep Uniqlo baby grow and Smafolk - love it. I don't have a girl but if I did I would also be fairly neutral (I'm not a pink person) so love all these pics

Sarah Bailey said...

Oh it must be so exciting getting ready for a new little addition enjoy! x

fritha strickland said...

I can totally imagine that Polly! I need to let go more for sure! x

fritha strickland said...

haha funny enough I was thinking about the new baby and weaning the other day and started to feel anxious about how messy it's going to be..which is weird as my house clearly isn't spotless but it is just such a messy processs isn't it! I wish we had good weather more often to be able to rely on the outdoors! x

fritha strickland said...

ha you have good practise then! there is nothing quite so messy as a dog who's been for a lovely roll around in some mud! I think that's why we have cats (as much as I love dogs too) x

fritha strickland said...

that's so true! it's all about the memories isn't it x

fritha strickland said...

haha! x

fritha strickland said...

ha! it made me a bit anxious too at first but we had lots of fun :) x

fritha strickland said...

tom and I often laugh that he is so excited to go to his granny's as she actually lets him use the play doh (and more than one colour at a time ;)) but we are working on it! x

fritha strickland said...

ah thank you, we had so much fun we are certainly going to embrace it a bit more often now x

fritha strickland said...

thanks so much, and yes there are different types of mess aren't there! x

Bex Smith said...

Brilliant photos. I am so guilty of this too x

Chez Mummy said...

We love messy play! I have a wipe-clean 'messy mat' from Baker Ross (and before that, one from the ELC) that we use is we're doing any arts and crafts indoors. That way, we don't have to worry about the mess we might create. Taking it outdoors is the best though, whether it's getting dirty knees in the park or painting outside.

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