Pinterest Made Me Do It: Mummy and Me Book
I like to think of Pinterest as a magical place. It’s full of beauty and wonder, inspiration and the occasional scary thing. I’ve pinned many things I would love to try but never ever will. And, then there are the things that I think I might do but really know I won’t and then surprise myself when I randomly decide to try them.
I thought I might start sharing my Pinterest inspired projects, whether they’re easy or hard, a success or complete failure. I’d love you to share any Pinterest inspired posts in the comments, inspire me some more!
When I first saw the Mama and Me book pinned on Pinterest I knew it was something I had to do. I started it in a little Budons notebook just before Ellie started school and I was so excited but I found it so very difficult to write the letters. Given my dream of being a writer and my love of blogging, I found myself frustrated as I tried to piece together the right words to portray exactly what I wanted to say to my almost-school-aged child.
I had so much to say, so many thoughts to share and only a blank page. The pressure to perfectly word each letter; to avoid confusion, to make sure I touched on every important point and didn’t forget to mention those things that I really wanted her to know made the task little to no fun. I didn’t want that. So, I put the idea aside.
Then, at the end of her first term of school, I suddenly got my Art Journaling mojo back. I grabbed a blank spiral notebook with reasonably sturdy pages and let my feelings and thoughts flow onto the page in the form of layers and colours, sprays, dots, circles and tape. I let the page sit before I took a sharpie and wrote. It’s not as long as some of the letters I painfully wrote in my head yet never made it perfectly to the page but, I didn’t need to rely so much on the words to say all I needed them to because the whole page holds exactly what my heart had to say that day.
Ellie is much more into this format, which makes it even more wonderful. She can express herself however she feels, whether it’s with words, painting, drawing and there is no pressure. I’m pretty big on letting them create, explore and express through art and this is such a perfect fit. For now, it’s fun, but as I said in my Budons post; I hope it will help keep the lines of communication between us open, especially if there are things she finds difficult to bring up, as she embarks on this new stage.
It’s also a great way for her to develop and hone her new reading, writing and spelling skills which she’s learning without it seeming like ‘work’. I think it will become an important tool for us in many aspect of our mother/daughter journey.
Kahlei and I craft together but for the moment, we don’t have a Mummy and Me book. We will start one towards the end of the year before she goes off to school next year (unless I feel it’s needed earlier) and will do the same just before Jasper goes to school too, assuming he hasn’t moved on from his love of all things art, in which case, I would find something more appropriate.
We’re both loving the process and I think it will be something lovely for us to look back on.
Do you have a special way to connect with your child?
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