Trying to keep you house in a tidy and orderly fashion when you have young children around is like trying to find a needle in a haystack – it’s just never going to happen. It’s like continually having to clean up after a party you didn’t attend, you know? The minute you put away a toy or mop up a spill, another one magically appears in its place.
For me, the toddler stage was the worst…I get that 1 year olds are simply discovering the world around them in the only way they know how, but this curiosity combined with a lack of fully developed motor skills can lead to a lot of mishaps. The boys both went through phases where they would literally empty every box, bag and bucket in sight, they’d touch everything in reach, drop (or hurl) dinner, drinks and dishes, draw on the walls, bring mud into the house and unravel toilet roll everywhere. It was the stuff of nightmares.
Fortunately, we seem to have left those dark days behind us now, but I fear it was only a taster of what’s to come, especially after coming across an article online which stated that 45% of parents think teenagers are in fact the messiest in the house.
The research conducted by global laundry brand ACE also revealed that 30% claim their partner was the messiest, while only 12% considered toddlers to be the messiest in the house.
I must admit, I’m pretty surprised by those figures because having babies and toddlers is a messy business. ACE recognizes this, so for those days when parenting doesn’t quite go accordingly to plan, they have developed some baby and toddler milestone cards that portray a much more honest and messy day in the life of us parents and our little ones – and I think they’re brilliant!
Does your child love to wear their dinner, or some days refuse to eat anything except snacks?
Is messy play taken too literally in your house, and has your toddler discovered splashing around in muddy puddles yet?
When was the last time you had to scoop poo out of the bath or scrub baby sick out of your clothes?
Did your baby refuse to sleep through the night (again) or break the record for their longest tantrum today?
Has your child ignored all attempts at potty training and spent the day pretending to be a dinosaur instead?
You can download and print the full set of ACE baby cards here and share your photos with the brand using #ACEparent.