22 July 2016

The adventures of a toddler in a mud volcano


Me and my daughter share several traits. We both are obsessed about chocolate. We both sleep with our arms above our heads. We both also have a tendency to overcommit.

Now, overcommitting isn't always a bad thing. I've had many interesting experiences through just saying yes to many things and overfilling my schedule. I've got far by saying I'll do stuff I thought was a good idea at the time, even if it has felt like a very bad idea late at night working towards an impossible deadline. I've been scared, stressed, elated, overjoyed, and most of all, done stuff, learned and lived and grown through achieving things I didn't know I could at first.  

When we were invited to play with a mud volcano at an event hosted by Persil for their 'Dirt is good' campaign and the launch of their Wild Explorers app, I imagined us to be in for a mucky pup and a few rounds of laundry. What I didn't quite imagine is what happened at the end... My daughter truly shares my trait of overcommitting to things! 



playing with a mud volcano

persil dirt is good mud volcano wild explorers app launch



muddy toddler girl




chasing after daddy









She enjoyed splashing about, running after mummy and daddy with her muddy hands and splashing and squelching in the mud some more. And as we were catching up with some of the hosts she got some other ideas... This is what I mean by overcommitting!

















toddler covered in mud





Apparently it felt like a shower, nice, but slimy. When we asked why she put her head in the mud, she replied "Because I put my head in the mud". I suppose just wanting to know what will happen is as good a reason as any. And I suppose you learn by doing, and she certainly learned something. 


When we got back home we had the following conversation:

"Did you like playing in the mud?"
"Yes."

"Do you want to play with mud again?"
"No."

(Thank God!)


What do you think - massive parenting win or a massive parenting fail?



26 comments:

  1. That is brilliant! I was really chuckling over those last few photos and the look on your daughter's face in the final one. Definitely enjoying that mud volcano there (but yes, glad to hear that she doesn't want to do it again!) :-) #CountryKids

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    1. Ha ha, yeah, and the look on the other two kids... They look like they are thinking "umm, crazy, I better keep my distance" :D

      I still can't believe she did that, it was fun until it got to us trying to clean her ha ha!

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  2. This made me smile. Love her curious spirit. #countrykids

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    1. Ha ha yes, well, curious is one word to describe, fool-hardy another I think :D

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  3. Massive parenting win! She will have had the most fun there all because you showed her how! What a brilliant event to take part in.... Goes out looking for mud now #countrykids

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    1. It was a fun event - although we missed out on all the other activities as she got so caked in mud, we just had to go home straight after :D

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  4. I can imagine my three now. The eldest would just look or poke her finger in, the next slightly more inquisitive and the youngest would have got in. Looks like a lot of fun x

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    1. My little one is usually actually like your eldest - she is a little princess who definitely does not want to get her pretty clothes in mud. But I think she got a bit overexcited with all the other kids playing with it :D

      It is funny though how siblings can be so different from each other :)

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  5. That's a brilliant answer to the question! Looks like great fun for the kids, not so sure I'd like the clean up though!

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    1. Yeah... I didn't like the clean up either ha ha! Took three washes and a few showers :D And LOTS of conditioner to get the "mud" out of her hair :)

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  6. Well you can't say she didn't do Persil proud! I'm assuming the Persil washing powder worked a treat on the clothes, I hope they gave you some of their shampoo for hair washing too! Great photos and a fun looking day. Definitely the prize for most engaged participant!

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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    1. Ha ha yeah they gave us some Persil washing liquid to take home, and yes, it did work! Although the mud was so sticky I had to put one wash through twice :D It was such fun, even if I was cursing under my breath when I saw what she was doing... Thanks for hosting!

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  7. Great to see she threw herself into it heart and soul - it's an experience she won't forget ! I bet Persil were pleased !! It was fun to see the event too because we were invited along but couldn't go #countrykids

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    1. What a shame - it would have been nice to meet :) I recognised just one other blogger at the event, Charly from the Podcast Dove :)

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  8. Haha that's amazing - I love the look on her face! I would be gently melting down in the background, I think (maybe not that gently!) #countrykids

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    1. I was melting a bit... ha ha ha, just thinking of the laundry. Although one part of me was also rejoicing at the awesome photographs I knew I would get :D

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  9. Haha shes doesnt do things half heartedly!! I can only imagine the cleaning after but I think its worth it as she looks like she had so much fun in the mud! #countrykids

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    1. Ah, nope she doesn't, she dives head first (pun definitely intended ha ha) into most of things!

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  10. lol Thank God indeed! I dread to think how messy my boys would have got! #countrykids

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    1. Ah, with two kids, not sure if I could have managed - one child was cleaning enough!

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  11. Lol those pics are hilarious!! It reminded me of the Vicar of Dibley when she put her head in the chocolate fountain hehe! Looks like she had a great time...and hey, whats a bit of mud ;) #countrykids

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    1. I would DEFINITELY put my head in a chocolate fountain... And I bet she would have done that too, had there been one :D

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  12. Oh fantastic! So nice to see some mud play and getting messy, though I must admit, the mud shower is possibly more than I would like...great to see her have fun! #countrykids

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    1. Yeah... I was sort of thinking "oh no" and at the same time also thinking "awesome pictures!" :D It was a bit too much, but by the time we spotted her doing it it was already a bit too late so we just let her go all in.

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  13. What a fantastic experience, I love that she truly got involved in it #countrykids

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    1. She most certainly did - and she was referred to "the kid" by the party for the rest of the day...

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