When Your Child Comes Home Messy

Red paint in the hair? Blue paint on the jeans? Sand in the shoes? Peanut butter on a favorite shirt? White socks that look brown? Sleeves a bit damp?

Young children really learn when they are actively involved in play... not when someone is talking to them. There is a difference between "messy" and "lack of care." Your caregiver made sure your child was fed, warm, offered new skills and planned messy fun things to do because that's how your children learn!

So send your child in clothes that can get dirty! Keep extra clothes at the site for the times when the child gets really messy. But remember, your child needs time to be a kid.

~ Author Unknown~


  • worked with a friend

  • solved a problem

  • created a masterpiece

  • negotiated a difference

  • learned a new skill

  • had a great time

  • developed new language skills


  • feel lonely

  • become bored

  • do a repetitive task that is babyish

  • do worksheets that are too easy

  • do sit down work that is discouraging


  • paid good money for those clothes

  • will have trouble getting the red paint out

  • are concerned the caregiver isn't paying enough attention to your child


  • was aware of your child's special needs and interest

  • spent time planning a challenging activity for the children

  • encouraged the children to try new things

  • was worried you might be concerned