The Harm if Parents and Teachers Don’t Let Go of Control and Perfectionism When Crafting With Kids

 

It’s POP QUIZ time!

When you're crafting with kids do you:

A. Struggle to let go and step in when they do something “wrong”
B. Want the end-product to look pretty (even if it means you need to get involved)
C. Have a child or student who struggles with perfectionism

...whether you answered A, B or C - you’re not alone!

In fact, MANY women in our community struggle with this and there's a VERY good reason why.

It’s in our nature as moms and teachers to want to help our kids and students stay on the "right" track and create something beautiful. 

Or (let's be honest) sometimes we just don’t want to deal with the mess...

But here’s the thing:

Kids have to learn to do things for themselves. Arts and crafts is a great platform for them (and for us as moms and teachers) to practice creative freedom and encourage autonomy. 

As HARD as it is to let go, the more you step in and craft FOR your kids and students, the more you hold them back.

This could crush their self-confidence and have other long lasting consequences…

That’s why we brought out our good friend and EXPERT in the field, Occupational and Play Therapist, Marlene van den Berg.

Marlene and I was live on Facebook for part 1 of the 4-part series on How to Let Go and Manage Perfectionism When Crafting With Kids (+ the harm if you don’t!).

We chatted about the challenges I experienced in the early years of teaching arts and crafts to kids and share real examples of what can happen if you don’t learn to let go. 

Once you’re done, don’t miss the special free quiz we created called How Controlling You Are When Crafting With Kids + 5 Easy Ways to Encourage Creative Freedom in an Arts & Crafts Class! Grab it below the video!

You can watch part 1 of the 4-part series below:

Look out for the fun and practical challenge at the end of the discussion and let us know how you did in the comments below!

 

 
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