Let Them Make Mess
I love how I am learning to express and harness life through my Book of Days*.
A recent heated discussion with James led me to sit down and play. I got out my new Twinkling H20’s, some sports tape (you know, for when you tape up injuries), punchinella, some crayons and my hair dryer and went crazy. Melting crayons is FUN.
It all started the very first day of James’ month long (loooonnggg) break between jobs.
“Can’t you do something else?” He asked my grumpy Pixie. And, though he had valid reasons to request a break in all things art and craft (the mess), I had to explain that an artless Kahlei is a hard-to-deal-with Kahlei. When she’s cranky, that’s how she works through. When she’s happy, it’s how she records it. When she’s upset, it’s how she processes.
So, sometimes there’s paint on her hands, or maybe on the floor and we’ve had too many glitter explosions than I care to count recently, but letting her play with paint and glue means we don’t have a melt-down-at-the-smallest-thing screaming banshee on our hands.
Even when I am sweeping up glitter for the fiftieth time (and possibly grumbling under my breath about art, craft and all things glittery) I do not seriously entertain the idea of restricting access to our craft supplies. With the exception of scissors, these days. I can mop, sweep and scrub – not happily, granted, but mess can be dealt with.
Mess does not outweigh the joy I see them having or what they’re learning through playing and experimenting.
I have seen the changes since making our supplies available to them at any time and now that I know how much I am getting from the process of art journaling, there is no way I could take that away from them.
Of course, I understand that James isn’t a fan of mess, in fact I understand more than I might seem to. My father was much the same. Or worse. And I don’t like for him to be upset as they create, but I do firmly believe that I’m making the right decision. The mess will wait, my babes are growing too quickly!
Being a child is all about making a mess and learning and playing and having fun. And I am a Stay at Home Mum, not a Stay at Home Cleaner, my priorities are clearly stated in my job description.
As we go on we are teaching them to clean up their mess and look after the supplies, all very important lessons and all part of letting them get in there and get their hands dirty in the first place.
Apart from all that, both the girls and Jasper are quite passionate about it and I do not believe in getting in the way of that. We might have a little artiste on our hands. The next great thing. You just never know.
I expect this won’t be the only thing James and I bump heads about as we spend the next few weeks together, but at least he inspires me to art, experiment and make mess!
Tell me, do you let your kids make mess?
How do you feel about arts and crafts?
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