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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl...  (More)

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Splashing in Mud Puddles

Uploaded: Feb 15, 2014
During the extraordinarily dry weather, my son became a pro at finding puddles wherever he could (usually the water that had overflown from people watering their plants). Toddlers seem to almost instinctively know that puddles are for making messes. He loved stomping and banging his hands on the ground to splash the water.

The joy on his face reminded me of a clip I saw on The Doctor's TV Show last summer about the Muddy Puddles Project. This project reminds us that we should "Let your kids jump in muddy puddles! Let them get wild with finger paints and glitter. Soon they'll be all grown up and see dirty clothes and wet shoes as nothing but a nuisance. Help them find joy in the simple things that we no longer appreciate as adults."

I love their message. And it is something I try to remember during those moments when there is more finger paint on my kid than on the paper, more yogurt on his face than in his mouth, and more sand in his shoes than ever. The Muddy Puddles Project was inspired by Ty Campbell, a boy who passed away at the tender age of five after battling cancer. His story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Now that we are finally getting a hint of rain, I make sure to let my son run around outside and jump around in the puddles, because isn't that what toddlerhood is about?
What is it worth to you?


Posted by Mother of 4, a resident of Palo Verde School,
on Feb 15, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Too Right.

Our elementary school is walking distance (a long walk according to some) but done everyday. On rainy days, most kids get rides. In our family we put on boots, bright raincoats, umbrellas and walk in the rain, splash in puddles and wave at friends in their cars (if we notice them). If we are coming home, it is even more fun if we stand beside a big puddle and see if the car splashes us and we have to come home and change our clothes.

We don't have many rainy days even in very wet years, but we certainly try to enjoy them.

Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Feb 15, 2014 at 10:35 pm

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Mother of 4 - Thank you for reading and commenting. It's great to hear that your family has found a way to take advantage of rainy days. Did you start this tradition with your first child? Thanks for sharing.

Posted by LJ, a resident of another community,
on Feb 22, 2014 at 6:34 am

Being wild with mud and fingerpaints is freeing. And then there is dressing to meet the elements as Mother of 4 mentions. A yellow slicker against the rain, snow pants, layers, jacket and mittens against the cold. Snow reaches a toddler's chest. He navigates barely, immobilized, all bundled up. (Remember Charlie Brown on his back on the ice.) Something to be said for the Finns' way: forget the parka -- instead, dash directly from the sauna into the snow.

Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Feb 22, 2014 at 10:55 am

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LJ - Thanks for reading and commenting. Dressing for the elements, especially with toddlers who rarely wear winter coats, hats, gloves, etc, can definitely be a battle. Makes be grateful for California weather.

Posted by Mother of 4 , a resident of Palo Verde School,
on Feb 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

This reminds me of the old cliché - a coat is something you wear when your mother is cold!

Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Feb 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm

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Mother of 4- What a great saying! Thanks for posting it :)

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