Let Them Eat Cake…er, Dirt?

DSCN2194.JPGMany years ago, when our three kids were knee high to a grasshopper, we let them fill the driveway (it’s dirt) with water and “swim” in a massive mud puddle. Oftentimes, they wore no clothes.

Yes, they danced around in mud puddles in nothing more than their birthday suits.

Oh! Gasp! My, my!

Reign in your shock. Have you tried to get whites white or colors clean after several hours of “stewing” in a mud puddle. Besides, we live in the middle of nowhere. Neighbors are few and far between. Our road sees minimal traffic and our driveway is long. Blah, blah, blah. If you feel like judging, don’t. I’ve had it with the Mommy Wars. Besides, it turns out I was doing my kids a favor. It’s so nice to have your parenting decisions validated by science.

According to B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta in their book Let Them Eat Dirt, being exposed to dirt is good for our kids. It exposes them to microbes that their bodies need. Too much cleanliness is actually a BAD thing! An imbalance of microbes is linked to obesity, diabetes, asthma, and other chronic conditions.

Who knew? Certainly not me back when I used the mud puddle as a pleasant diversion for the kids on a warm afternoon.






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