Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Playing in the Rain


Welcome to the April 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Personal Care

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles relating to their children's personal care choices.



We recently purchased and moved into a travel trailer. We have it parked at a nice local RV park that provides water, electricity, cable, etc. My oldest was out of town during the move and as we were preparing her living space, we needed to find some storage for her clothing.


We filled the small shower stall with drawers. There are laundry and shower facilities on site. The water pressure through our travel trailer isn't very high and of course we're paying to heat the water ourselves and the hot water tank isn't huge. We decided we'd just commit to using the park's shower facilities.

Can you imagine having to walk a block to wash your laundry or your self? We make an event of it! Not that baths or showers have ever been an issue with Sasha, she loves them! We pack up a shower bag with our towels, shampoo, etc. We load it all into our wagon and trek to the facilities. We roll our wagon right into either of the two largest bathrooms. We all strip down and Daddy gets the water temperature right for us.

We don't even call it a shower, we tell Sasha we're going to go play in the rain. Whoever has hands washes the children. Sasha has to wear swim shoes and still slips occasionally, but we all just get in and take turns "playing in the rain."


Sharing showers is the green way to go, right? Well we manage to shower four of us together! It should go without saying that my teenage daughter showers alone on her own schedule.

I absolutely love our "Family Showers." I don't know if I'll be so pleased come Winter, but that is pretty far off.

I've always preferred to get into the bath or shower with my children. How do you go about bathing your children?


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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:


  • Holistic Care of your Toddler's Teeth — Erica at ChildOrganics tells a tale of her children's teeth issues and how she uses homeopathy and good nutrition to keep cavities at bay.
  • Bath Time Bliss : Fuss-Free Bath Time for Toddlers — Christine at African Babies Don't Cry shares how she has made bath time completely fuss free for both her and her toddler.
  • Homemade Natural ToothpasteCity Kids Homeschooling hosts a guest post on a homemade natural toothpaste recipe that kids will love!
  • Bathing Strike StrategiesCrunchy Con Mommy offers her best tips for keeping your little ones clean when they refuse to bathe.
  • Bodily Autonomy and Personal Hygeine — Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children discusses the importance of supporting a child's bodily autonomy in the prevention of abuse.
  • A Tub Full of Kiddos! — Kat at Loving {Almost} Every Moment has kiddos who love the water, so bathtime is a favorite evening activity!
  • The Trials of Tidying My Toddler — Adrienne at Mommying My Way shares the difficulties she has with getting her on-the-go son to be still enough to get clean.
  • Wiped Clean — Laura at Pug in the Kitchen shares her recipe for homemade diaper wipe solution to clean those sweet little cloth diapered bottoms in her home!
  • Snug in a Towel: Embracing Personal Grooming — Personal care is time consuming,especially with more than one child; but the mama at Our Muddy Boots is learning to embrace this fleeting and needful time.
  • EC: All or Nothing? — Elimination Communication. Even the title sounds complicated and time consuming. It doesn't have to, if you adapt it to meet your family's needs, says Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy.
  • Routine Battles — In a guest post at Anktangle, Jorje of Momma Jorje outlines a simple incentive to help inspire your little one to follow a routine.
  • Redefining Beauty For My Daughter — Justine at The Lone Home Ranger relays her struggle to define her own femininity and how her preschooler unexpectedly taught her a lesson in true beauty.
  • Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Three Girls In The Tub — Chrystal at Happy Mothering shares how she turns bath time into a few minutes of peace and quiet.
  • Montessori-Inspired Activities for Care of Self — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now has a roundup of Montessori-inspired activities for care of self and ideas for home environments that encourage independence.
  • 10 Gentle Tips for Little Ones Who Hate the Bath — Kim at life-is-learning gives 10 tips to get your little one into the bath and maybe even enjoying it.
  • The Boy With The Long Hair — Liam at In The Now discusses his son's grooming choices.
  • Personal Care in a Montessori Home — Melissa at Vibrant Wanderings shares a summary of the ways she has organized her family's home to make for easy, Montessori-inspired toddler personal care.
  • Styling Kids — Kellie at Our Mindful Life is letting her kids decide what to look like.
  • Clean Kids: Laundry and Bath Tips — Kimberly at Homeschooling in Nova Scotia shares tips on how to get your children helping with laundry plus recipes for laundry and liquid soap.
  • How to Clean Your Children Naturally: A Tutorial — Erika at Cinco de Mommy shows you how to clean your children.
  • Cleaniliness is next to... dirt — The lapse-prone eco-mom (Kenna at Million Tiny Things) sometimes forgets to bathe the kids. Except in the mud pit.

25 comments:

  1. Love this approach to bathtime! I totally agree that an 'all in' approach is so much better (and way more fun!)

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    1. And possibly more efficient as far as water usage, though the jury may still be out on that one. It sure is easier with a team effort!

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  2. This, my friend, is brilliance!! I'm super envious of your recent move, and I'd love to get on your minimalist bandwagon. Do you think the neighbors would let us use their shower? ;)

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    1. Okay, this seriously made me laugh! Does your neighbor have an extra large shower? :-)

      Seriously, though, if you'd like to try it... Do you have a Flying J truck stop in your town? They have nice big shower facilities... Now that I think of it, they only allow ONE person in the room, though. You could check with another truck stop or maybe a local gym or YMCA?

      You might find it isn't worth the effort of having to PACK before you can go shower. We have to pack up soap, shampoo, razors, 4 towels, clean clothes, extra diaper, etc. I lie, I seriously just wrap Spencer in a towel to bring him home so I don't take an extra diaper or clothes for him. :-)

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  3. I love that idea! We do family baths/showers with the younger ones, too, but making it into a fun rain dance is awesome! <3

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    1. And it just started because I was pretty sure she was unfamiliar with the term shower. She is learning it, but "play in the rain" definitely sounds like more fun! Besides, she does play in the shower. I think with the time it takes the parents to get clean, it makes the event less about a chore. She actually gets to play, probably more than she would if it were just her and I in the shower or bath.

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  4. I love the idea of a family shower! My husband is an OCD germaphobe, so it would never work for him, but I personally love showering and bathing with my little guy. It's just another way that I teach him how to do things. He likes to mimick the moves I make. If I scrub my foot, he scrubs his, etc. It's fun to watch him learn and repeat the steps. He is big enough now and LOVES swimming, so he takes bath by himself usually. I miss those together-baths!

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    1. Before the move, Sasha was taking most of her baths alone, but someone would wash her. We don't worry about washing head-to-toe, either. I think she is being given more opportunity to learn how to do it herself now. How old is your son?

      Oh! You're the dread lady! Someone linked me to your blog last night. I can't wait to read it!! (I'm planning a dread party to do my hair soon.)

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    1. The attitude carries right into the shower, too. She really does PLAY in the rain... and in the drips off of our shoulders, too. heh

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  6. I love your family showers! How fun. I love the way you describe them, too — I might have to borrow the language of playing in the rain to make showering seem less unnerving to little ones.

    Sam or I always hop in the bath with our boys. I remember as a little kid never wanting to bathe alone — even just having someone sit on the toilet seat next to me was enough. I just wish we had a bigger tub! :)

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    1. A big space helps. It might not work for regularly, but for a special day you could check into shower facilities at a local gym or truck stop.

      I think it might not be as nice if she didn't actually get to play. Since we're taking time to wash ourselves as well, she gets plenty of time to play. She even gets that giant shower to herself while we dry ourselves and Spencer.

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  7. Love it! I love learning about your new living situations! And, you already answered my two questions- I was going to ask if Tyler joined in and then also what happens in the winter! :)

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    1. Yeah, I'm kind of dreading Winter. At the same time, though, this past Winter was very mild. Maybe we'll ask to move to a lot closer to the office! It sure would be more convenient.

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  8. Oh, I wish our showers were big enough.

    With his trach, Acorn couldn't do a shower (and now Leaf can't with hers) - Acorn got his very first intro to the shower a few months ago when he had a bout of the stomach flu overnight and it was the fastest way to get him clean at 2 in the morning. Not our best plan ever, but he does seem to like them...just not as much as his bathtub time.

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    1. Indeed, showers this size are not easy to come by.

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  9. When we lived on the road, our shower times were similar... and it was all well and good except when we were in busy campgrounds and there were kids covered in sand, it was chilly and there was NO hot water left. Talk about torture!! Having to douse kids with COLD water until we got all the sand off was horrible.

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    1. Oh I could NOT do it! I would seriously rather sleep in sand than have a cold shower. I can't do it. Here, at least, the showers are in the 10-machine laundry room. I'm thinking they must have a HUGE hot water heater! And we avoid going in the after-work hours when it gets busy.

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  10. I sure wish we had a bigger shower - even just one person needs to watch out not to bump his/her head, knee, or elbow, when scrubbing feet or washing hair! But you have a really good approach. When my friend (who never co-showered) said that she needed to bathe in the caravan park with her 3 kids once, the little ones were very vocal and in awe about her breasts - much to her embarrassment (as there were others in the adjacent shower units!! Co-showering (your style) is healthy, green, a great way to learn about cleanliness :)

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    1. Oh dear! Yeah, my kids are no strangers to my breasts. Our shower rooms are actual rooms, with ceramic tile. You can't really hear from one to the next, but we often get a chuckle out of wondering if the people outside our room (in the laundry area) can hear us saying things like "wash your vulva."

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  11. We started family showers when our first was just a few days old. We never spent money on a baby tub so it was just easier to wash her along with ourselves in the shower. Now that there are 4 of us it doesn't happen as often (not enough room). My husband wants to sell everything and live in an RV...how is it going with little ones?

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    1. I like living in the travel trailer, but do admit that we trip over each other a bit Our particular model is quite small. I'd have a larger one if I had anything to sell. :-P

      I'd like to live on the road, but am still working out the mobile income to support us.

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  12. How fun! They will have such fun memories of this when they're older! We do family bath and we have so much fun. It's a great way to spend quality time together.

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  13. This sounds like so much fun.

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    1. It certainly can be! Sometimes Sasha falls and skins her knees on the way there... then it isn't as fun. :P

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