So, today I did something that I hardly ever do.
And the I remembered why I hardly ever do it.
It’s because it ends in tears, fights, mess and inevitably me yelling at the kids.
Which is all fun and games until. Remember that I’m trying to be a better parent and not yell at my kids.
But it’s trying to be a better parent that got me into this mess in the first place.
Trying to reduce my stress by reducing the whinging by reducing the boredom of The Toddler Gods of Awful.
It’s too cold to play on our front porch and there’s only so many hours of ABC4kids I can stand before going batty (and let’s face it, the mid morning program leaves something to be desired – its all downhill in between the morning and afternoon playschool screenings if you ask me).
So what is left to do on a rainy old day?
The evil, seedy and dark underworld otherwise known as craft.
Yes, I am going to say it.
I hate doing craft with my kids.
It’s impractical, messy and frustrating and with three kids 3 and under I feel it’s just asking for trouble.
But every now and the I am lured back into offering craft activities for my kids on the promise of 20 minutes of peace and quiet, sitting down at the table with them while I drink my coffee and tweet or Facebook.
It never ends that way and I don’t know why I expect it to be any different every. Single. Time.
Today I decided I’d aim nice and low. Coloring-in books and crayons.
I mean, what could possibly go wrong?
I scraped the weetbix and last night’s dinner off the table, set three places with four crayons and a coloring book each, then called them to the kitchen gates for chair placement.
Two minutes in I narrowly avoided World War Toddler by finding another orange crayon so that both Fraser and Roo had orange.
Five minutes in I intervened when Oscar decided he needed to rip all the pages out of Roo’s brand new Brave coloring book.
7 minutes in all the crayons that were not currently being eaten were on the ground, Oscar had scooted his high chair to the security gate and Fraser was screaming “TOAST!” at me through mouthfuls of orange crayon.
Roo was wandering around the kitchen making that tired, ear-splitting wailing sound kids make when they are either exhausted, want something you’ve said no to (a second hot chocolate for the morning) or both.
And that was just coloring in.
Is it any wonder paints, glueing and pipe cleaners aren’t on high rotation?
I think I’m just going to find some DVDs of Mister Maker.
Not to copy the cool craft ideas. No. I want them to play for my children and hopefully give them the illusion of having been given the opportunity to craft throughout their early childhood.
Are you a crafty mum? How do you deal with craft time with so many small children? Tell me I’m not the only one who hates craft time? Also, are your kids as obsessed with Mister Maker as mine? I think he’s pushing some kind of craft crack for kids…
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