Today is a prime example of why I just don’t like doing crafts with kids – especially my kids.
I made salt dough circles (recipe coming soon) for them to paint for a Father’s Day gift. My goal is to put a hole in them and make wall hangings.
The whole thing has not been helpful to my day.
Child 1 – no problem. Makes his thing. DONE.
Child 2 – agonizes over what he is going to make. Commence whining about how he doesn’t know what daddy likes. He doesn’t know what to make, etc. Then, which super hero is daddy’s favorite? Followed up with, well does he like….4 other super heroes. “Yes. He likes them all. Just make one. He will love it.” He then has to grab a DVD case with a super hero on it to “copy”. Then he gets paint in one wrong spot – ONE, and he is crying and whining that it is ruined and get this….there is nothing wrong with it and it is so light he can paint over it without making a difference. He hasn’t even painted a picture yet in 25 minutes. What’s the rest of it going to be like?
Child 3 – Brings her dripping art to me.
R – Mommy I need a new one.
Me – Sorry, there are no more.
R- Mommy, can you fix it?
Me – Take it to the table and I will be right there.
I come out of my bedroom and she is standing in the hallway, rubbing paint off with a bathroom towel.
Me – I TOLD YOU TO TAKE IT TO THE KITCHEN!
She takes it to the kitchen and asks me to erase it. Yeah, not happening. It’s PAINT.
R – I want to make a girly super hero. Does daddy like girl super heroes?
Me – Yes. ME!
They all laugh, and one mutters “yeah right”. Gee, thanks.
Child 1 – DONE.
Child 3 – DONE
Child 2 – Maybe we shouldn’t go there. He finally just mixed a bunch of paints together an covered the whole thing in this purple black color.
Another successful (NOT), and stress-free (NOT) art class by Mommy, where in it was re-inforced WHY I don’t do crafts.