I miss having baby cheeks to snack on and dress up in adorable little outfits, but MAN OH MAN do I not miss baby and toddler messes. Holy Hallelujah, can they ever destroy the house in no time! Sure, having a teen isn't much more of a picnic mess-wise, but at least Angeline can wield cleaning implements to help. Toddlers can NOT. Not that they don't to try, though. When I was asked to deliver the Swiffer Effect to a family with a toddler in tow, I knew EXACTLY who needed it most...
My sister Stacy, and her husband Eric, have three children under the age of two years old.
Back when Angeline was smaller, she was a one-gal demolition derby. Sometimes, it was just easier to say "yes" to the mess and worry about it once she finally closed her eyes for a nap. That is, if I even cared at that point, because often times, I'd fall asleep with her. (Babies are tiring, yo!) But, with Swiffer, parents can say “Yes to the Mess!” all the time and embrace the little messes because they’re able to get a thorough clean in just minutes. For my sister and brother in law, this is especially true, because Angeline heads over to their house a few times a week to help out, and throughout my partnership with Swiffer over the last year, she's become even MORE of a pro at using their products, so she is the perfect person to help Stacy and Eric learn all that the Swiffer Effect can do for them to make their lives easier!
According to the second annual Swiffer Cleaning Index, while the majority (72%) of parents feel that letting kids make a mess helps encourage their creativity, nearly all (95%) have said “no” their kids’ request because of the mess it could make.
A child making a mess can be a great learning opportunity in so many ways. Nearly all parents (97%) think that young children learn a lot from cleaning up a mess. In fact, the belief that messes are a part of a child’s development is increasing with the generations. Seventy-five percent of Millennial parents think that letting kids make messes encourages their creativity – compared to just 59% of Boomer parents.
This month, I got the opportunity to surprise my sister with a little "Yes to the mess" package from Swiffer - a box of products that can help her and her family clean up after my nephew a little easier.
I remember being in her shoes once, and having a little tike to care for, and how difficult and time-consuming it can be. It made me feel really good to be able to help her with all these easy-to-use Swiffer products!
Stacy and Eric's box of Swiffer products included everything they need to keep the house tidy with minimal effort:
- Swiffer Sweeper
- Swiffer Sweeper Refills
- Swiffer Duster
- Swiffer Duster Refills
- Swiffer Wet Mopping Cloths
Even my nephew Chewy (his middle name is Chewbacca. I swear. It's true) was excited about them! Maybe this might help make it easier for him to clean with his mama when he gets a little older? It's better to train them young, right? What do you think?
And, parents? We're all in this together. They might be tiny pint-sized terrors on two legs some days, but it's okay to let the messes go every once in a while. Get down and get dirty with 'em, even. You never know how fun it is until you try it!
Go head, I'd love to hear your experiences, and so would Swiffer! Share on social media with @Swiffer using hashtag #YesToTheMess. And don't forget to check out Swiffer.com for more products that can help YOU say "Yes to the mess" too!
Oh...and I have one more big green box of Swiffer goodness to share with y'all - I made a special drop off at Angeline's boyfriend's special need's school to lend him a helping hand, as he's responsible for cleaning his own classroom. I'll be sharing that post in a few days, so keep an eye out!
I love Swiffer, I don't know how I ever dusted anything before the products came onto the market!