Dirty Feet All Summer Long!
Lose those ridiculously expensive toddler shoes; the sun is finally here to stay (for a few months at least)! With no risk of tiny toes turning into popsicles, it’s time to let the piggies be free! I’ve had my fair share of dirty looks already this summer, as my kids run around the playground without shoes. I mean, we are already a spectacle with 4 young kids and a growing baby bump. It’s not like my kids don’t have shoes; trust me, their closets are overflowing despite my best efforts of minimalization. There are flip flops, sandals, sneakers, water shoes – and that’s just this season’s selection. My children have a gorgeous array of clothing, bows, hats, and other accessories to choose from, and yet, they are typically mismatched and dirty within hours of waking up. I used to think that toddlers running around barefoot was a danger and reflection on poor parenting – man, I have come quite a ways since those ‘judgmental-perfect-parenting days!’ Not only have I stopped judging, but I actually seek out those other barefoot families now! Ha. Let’s get real. I am a researcher, so many of my decisions are based on reading and learning, while other decisions are based purely on gut instincts and parenting style. Letting my kids kick their shoes off most hours of the day has a bit of research and a bit of mother’s gut behind it. The same goes with stomping in puddles, making mud cakes, and spending more daylight hours outside than inside all season long.