Thank you to the team from Swiffer for an invitation to attend a #YesToTheMess media event for the purpose of facilitating this advertorial.
During the course of an average day, parents will often say no to their kids’ requests for certain activities, in opposition to the mess that is sure to follow. As parents, we are all too familiar with our little ones, (and not-so little ones) becoming completely immersed in the exploration of the world around them, unphased by the messiness that is also created. Research from the talented minds of educational professionals gives credit to the fact that these creative and educational moments are instrumental to our children’s future successes.
Here's what happens when we say yes to the mess, as clarified by Swiffer. Messy moments provide essential opportunities for our children to learn and develop their imaginative skills. With useful products from Swiffer close at hand, we’re also able to reinforce the cleaning process, getting our work and play areas real clean, real fast.
We recently had the pleasure of meeting with acclaimed actress, entrepreneur and mom of two, Sarah Michelle Gellar, at a family-friendly “Yes to the Mess” event in New York City. My son and I enjoyed engaging in an assortment of hands-on, messy moments centered around educational activities that many parents would usually say “no” to allowing at home. Learning by doing, which is my approach to homeschooling my son, we participated in art and science projects in addition to a little baking.
“I believe that while kids are born with a natural instinct towards creativity – it is still a skill that parents need to continually foster. My two kids work on fine and gross motor skills, math, science, vocabulary and more through baking, and their resulting smiles light up my day,” said Gellar. “That’s why I don’t mind having to clean up the cake batter and crumbs on my floors afterwards. And with Swiffer, I can enjoy saying 'yes' more often because I am able to get a thorough clean in minutes while indulging my kids' sense of discovery and exploration. Not to mention I truly believe creativity is the road to invention.”
Nurturing free-spirited, expressions of creativity and fostering a healthy sense of independence is an important part of our children's growth and development,even in those messy moments. Understanding and learning ways to clean up after experiencing hands-on teachable moments allows kids to become vested in their environment and empowered to handle future situations.