I think as parents we have all been in the situation where our children are producing something — be it a painting, a letter to a grandparent, a special drawing or holiday decoration — and all of a sudden it takes a turn into the land of an unidentified dark cloud or obscure Rothko-esque painting. And whether the child is beaming at you in expectation of his masterpiece or struggling to hold back the tears of not being able to accomplish his vision, it is our reaction that can use this situation to build our child up or unfortunately lead him into doubts of insecurity.
I love this post by Andrea at Stroller Savvy about Why Children SHOULD Color Outside the Lines. It talks about how we should set aside our perfectionist expectations and encourage our children to be and express themselves. Also to take a breath and really think about how our reactions can so easily taint their curiousity and confidence. Then it reflects even deeper into thinking about the big picture of what we really want for our children:
I want him to take risks and be unafraid of failure.
I want him to to express his creativity and individuality without pressure to conform.
I want him to think outside the box without repercussion.
I want him to be spontaneous and have fun without holding back.
I want him to try new things without the constraints of perfectionism.
I want him to act with passion not restriction.
As a parent it can be hard not to reflect our pressures onto our children and let them be free to grow into themselves. I thought this was a great reminder of little things we as parents can do encourage our children and not hinder their growth.
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