The Messy Child

Posted 03-30-2012 at 10:00 AM by whitneywalters

My two year old child loves to make a mess. She is the messiest of all my kids so far and probably messier then her brother and sister were put together. I spend a large portion of my day trying to keep her out of things. I swear she will do anything she can to get dirty.

You can not leave a cup of anything out in her reach, she will dump and then stomp in it. We have to keep the gate to the kitchen up at all times if we are not in there or she will put the dog food in his water dish, she loves to splash in the bathtub and get bubble everywhere if you give her a bubble bath. Recently she discovered that she can take the top off the fish food container and she dumped it all over the place. You leave her alone in a room for more then thirty seconds and you will come back to one kind of mess or another. Recently I thought she was playing nicely in her room so I folded a load of laundry, when I peeked in at her she had taken every single toy out of the toy box and was sitting in the middle of the mess reading a book. When we play outside she is happiest in the sand, dirt or splashing in water. Even though she knows how to use a spoon and fork she would rather use her fingers.

I thought that maybe she was acting out and making so many messes because she wanted more attention so over the course of about a week I showered her with extra attention and it did not change a thing. Then I thought maybe she just needs a messy outlet so we did some messy games, like finger painting, mudpies and water game yet  again nothing changed. Then I thought maybe if I had her start cleaning up after more of her messes she would stop, that back fired. She liked cleaning up so much she would make a bigger mess and then say, ” I clean, I clean”.

I don’t think there is anything I can do to make her stop being such a messy girl but I am really hoping she will outgrow it before to long.


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