Welcome to the April 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Pastimes
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about family pastimes.
What came first, the chicken or the egg? That’s a question I’ve never quite been able to get my head around… Equally, I can’t quite answer this: What came first, my enthusiasm for art or my children’s enthusiasm for art? A tricky one, that one.
When I was a child I loved to draw, to colour in and paint, but as I got older and received no positive feedback from the art teachers at school I assumed that my creations weren’t any good. I struggled on, trying to teach myself how to paint with watercolours, but unfortunately, chose a book that wasn’t particularly useful or instructive. I put the paint brushes away, assuming that I lacked the inherent talent necessary to become good at art.
Almost twenty years later I started drawing and colouring in alongside my three-year-old daughter because, you know, these are the kinds of things mums do. I enjoyed doing this and was even quite pleased with some of my doodles.
The next couple of years I was busy with my new baby, my son, but I still encouraged my daughter to paint and draw, as she seemed to really enjoy it, and gradually, very gradually (and as my son grew more independent) I was able to snatch a few minutes of time here and there to have a go at painting with watercolours once more. And I LOVED it!
Okay, so my initial efforts weren’t great, but I was enjoying it, and the more my children painted, the more I painted. And the more I painted the more I could see that I was improving. I borrowed some great books about art from the library, and began to teach myself all over again. I now realize that anyone can paint or draw – all you really need is the ability to see and an illustrating tool. (Although plenty of practice and patience help too!)
‘Art’ is now simply one of the things that we all ‘do’ and like to do. I try to do a little drawing, or painting every day, but if it’s not possible it’s not a big deal – there’s always tomorrow.
The main thing is that we all have fun with it, and I know that in years to come our pictures will be a lovely reminder of the precious times spent together as a young family.
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- 8 Reasons to Go Camping with Your Kids — The weather is warmer, and it is time to think about taking a break. As you plan your family vacation, Mandy of Living Peacefully with Children, guest posting at Natural Parents Network, explains why you should consider hitting the trails with your kids.
- Crafty Cohorts — Kellie at Our Mindful Life enjoys crafting with her kids, and the skills they are learning.
- 10 Hobbies For Families With Young Children — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama knows that finding hobbies families can do together (with young children in tow) isn’t always the easiest of feats. She has compiled a list of 10 family friendly hobbies that children of all ages can enjoy and that won’t break the bank!
- Helping Himawari — Sophelia’s family at Sophelia’s Adventures in Japan share a passion for helping when a dog is abandoned at the nearby elementary school.
- The ‘Art’ of Having Fun — Marija Smits shares some thoughts on family art and fun.
- How we made our own Family Day — Lauren at Hobo Mama shares how her family celebrates the best day of the week, a chance for connection and adventure and endless possibilities: Family Day!
- Our Family Hobby — Survivor talks about how animal husbandry has become her family’s favorite hobby at Surviving Mexico Adventures and Disasters.
- Sowing the Seeds of Passions — Christy at Eco Journey In The Burbs wonders if her interests, and her husband’s, will shape her children’s passions as they mature.
- Harry Potter Potions Party — One of the best activities Dionna at Code Name: Mama has ever done with her family has been a Harry Potter Potions Party. She is sharing the resources she used to create their potion recipes, the ingredients and tools they experimented with, and the recipes themselves. Feel free to use and adapt for your own budding wizards and witches!
- Pastimes Have Passed Me By — Kati at The Best Things takes a new perspective on projects that never get done.
- Food as a cultural experience for preschoolers — Nathalie at Kampuchea Crossings finds that food is a good way to engage her preschoolers on a journey of cultural discovery.
- 10 Reasons I Love Thrifting With My Children — That Mama Gretchen has always enjoyed shopping, but with a growing family she’s become more frugal and thus, her little ones are now in tow on her thrift store adventures.
- Pastime with Family vs Family Pastime — You can share lots of pastimes with your family, but Jorje of Momma Jorje discovered a family pastime was much more pleasant for sharing.