Snug in a Towel: Embracing Daily Grooming

Welcome to the April 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Personal Care

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles relating to their children’s personal care choices.

 

 I have to say it.  Dressing, hair brushing, teeth brushing and bathing my children often feels like a hassle.  And though my husband does nearly all of the teeth brushing and bath giving, It still feels like something we need to check off of our to-do list.

Owen started dressing himself about a year ago and it made thing easier.  And I can see with these new and electric toothbrushes  (a story for another day) that soon Owen will be brushing his own teeth too.  And part of me is excited for my children to be able to do these things for themselves.  It just seems like it might make things easier.

But I know the day will come when my husband and I will miss those naked little bodies splashing around in the tub and having unrestricted access to those precious baby teeth.

Because so much happens while we are doing these things.

At bath time we learn about sinking and floating and how to make ourselves clean.  We laugh together at the many ways wet hair can be styled.  We wrap our clean little children up in a towel and snuggle them as we tell them how very much they are loved.

When I am dressing my children, I learn about which fabrics are more comfortable for them and if tags bother their skin.  And when I am brushing those beautiful little teeth, I get to marvel over two very precious mouths.

So I am trying to embrace these moments instead of treating them like a chore.    I am trying to remember that this is it.  This is their childhood.  And it is made up of all of these very small “to-do’s”.

This is just one more lesson that I am learning on the job that I wish I had learned a little earlier. But I am glad that I am embracing it now.

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Comments

  1. So true! So bittersweet. One of the things we do to make bath time happy is to put all their clothes and towels in the dryer (since it’s in the bathroom). No fuss getting out or dressed when it means wrapping yourself in coziness. I don’t think I’ll miss teeth brushing though. Rocky bites! :)

    • Nice idea, Vanessa. That coziness is tough to not look froward too. And for those who have not checked out Vanessa’s blog (www.bonboneater.typepad.com/bon_bon_eater) it is well worth your time. She has some of the coolest and unique ideas of ways to spend time with your kids. AND some wise observations.

  2. Our posts have similar sentiment…I am sure gonna miss these days one day!
    Let us know about the electric toothbrushes! My daughter has been asking for one for a while, and I just haven’t bought one yet, don’t know if they are more of a hassle than a benefit, so I look forward to reading your perspective :-)

    • They do have similar sentiment! The electric toothbrush is great for Owen. Sydney will not let us turn it on. I am VERY glad that it was on sale and did not cost much more than regular toothbrush!

  3. That’s lovely. I’ve become ever more aware of how fast time slips by with this second child. Wait — wasn’t my older son just that age? :) Thanks for the reminder to treasure it all!

  4. I love post-bath babies!!! Liam runs around in his shark towel and announces he’s going to bite us if we don’t kiss him first. Someday, he will need his space and a towel that doesn’t look like an animal… I’m enjoying it while I can!

  5. Towel drying is one of the few times I get a good snuggle with my middle child. He is only two and a challenge to get affection from. Thanks for the reminder of the opportunity bathing gives us.

  6. I love it right when the kids get out of the tub – clean and happy, with wrinkly toes that need to be shown. I’ll miss that when they are older.

    • Me too, Mandy. Although I have to share that Sydney is TOTALLY FREAKED OUT by her wrinkled hands and as soon as she notices them she must exit the tub! Which is very sad for her because she loves the bath.

      Thanks so much for visiting!

  7. Your so right about now being their childhood and the need to embrace and treasure it. It’s so much more fun to be with the little ones and make each task about learning, good communication and fun :)

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