In this picture my son wanted to play with one of his construction vehicles. We remembered that it was outside and muddy, so instead of saying “no” we said “yes” then gave him an apron to wear, a basin, a sponge, and a large towel. He spent 25 minutes washing his truck, completely immersed in the activity. True, he truck was clean-ish, but it wasn’t just about having a clean truck. It was about respecting his interests and needs and giving him the space and material to complete his work.

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