I’m always preaching that the small changes are the ones that are important. We all have to start somewhere right? So, while I may not be completely changing the world in one fell swoop, I am excited to be working with Shout® on a fun campaign that is all about living life, creativity and getting messy (Shhh… don’t tell my husband about the messy part. He might need to hide)!
You see, my philosophy is that if the kids aren’t breaking anything and it will not harm them, why not let them have a little fun? It is a concept that my husband is slowly starting to embrace. Although, he would still rather sit beside the 5 year old at dinner instead of the toddler, hmm… I wonder why? It is the very reason I let this “mud explosion” happen this summer (picture above) and why many more messy occasions are in store this fall.
In my opinion, kids learn by getting messy. Just last week, Davis (age 2) was enjoying his first bowl of soup. Soup is one of our fall favorites and he was eager to join in with the family. For those of you who have toddlers you know that watching them eat with utensils is a bit like watching a one man food fight where there will be no winners. That is, unless you judge the winner based upon how messy he gets. In that case, DING DING DING! Davis wins hands down as well as the lucky dinner guest seated beside him. But, in those moments of messiness he is learning. Not only is he figuring out a necessary life skill, but he is finding out about all of the goodness that is in each bite! To see things for the first time again would be amazing don’t you think?!
So it is with great pleasure that I will be partnering with Shout® over the next few months to share tips and ideas on how to embrace life and spend time connecting and creating memories (while getting messy)! If you head over to the Shout® Facebook page you will find the “Reprogramming America for Fun” app that integrates your name, profile and photos into a short video that encourages living life out loud. It really is a fun app that is worth sharing with your friends and family. Who doesn’t love a little pie in the face anyway?
Shout® is working with mom and Olympian Jennie Finch who has a few great tips to share on how to reprogram your daily routine. Here is a great one to focus on this month:
Unplug from Electronics - We all have our favorite TV shows, iPad apps and video games that can easily occupy weeknights. Make a commitment to take at least 30 minutes each day to unplug the whole family from their favorite gadgets and spend some quality time together doing a fun and creative activity. Encourage the whole family to go outside and get dirty! Fresh air is invigorating and allows children to run freely without the worry of knocking over breakables or bumping into furniture. Shout® Wipes ensure you can clean up stains on the go so everyone can get the most out of life and still look their best.