I’m not even sure how I came up with it or when it happened. But to this day, all three of my children know my silly motto, “A dirty child is a happy child. A clean child is a mean child.” Shakespeare it is not – but they understand what it means perfectly.
I’ve always let my children play in the dirt. As a matter of fact, there have been many times I’ve given them the hose and a hole and let them “go to town.” They fill up the hole and simply roll in the mud until they are covered head to toe. These are times they will never forget.
My children know when it is time to stay clean. Church, school – they know the line not to cross. But they also know it is OK to be dirty when the time is right. The next time you look out at your filthy children and cringe, just remember – they are outside, they are active, and they are probably having the time of their lives!