If your life feels anything like mine you will identify with this, I feel like I am on a runaway horse, the speed is fast and I am hanging on tight. Hoping to get to a finish line where it all slows down and the horse will graze quietly while the family frolic in the meadow without a “to do” list or care in sight. The reality is I need to learn to ride better!
There isn’t a lot of time for many of us to frolic in that metaphoric meadow so how can we make it count. A wonderful way to spend quality time with kids is through craft. The trick is to see craft as a bigger picture. It is not just the paint and glue, it is what we create that can then go on to create a moment, a memory, fill our children’s tanks with confidence, love and encouragement. It mends hurt feelings, RESTOREs balance and sparks imagination.
If the thought of crafting isn’t your thing try to see how it can evolve into something you can enjoy with them. For example let them craft a crown and then join them in the acting of a show, or paint a box and turn it into an outdoor treasure hunt on the walk to school. No craft should go from the craft table to the fridge door without a life in between.
There are only 940 Saturdays between a child’s birth and them heading to college and if they are 5 you have already had 260, However instead of worrying about the galloping minutes, focus on turning minutes into moments. Use craft as one of your tools from your parenting box to show your children how important they are by creating quality time.
This article was written by Flori from Squiggle Dot & Squeeze, creator of fantastic crafting kits and full of inspiration. Head over to their website to look at their craft boxes www.squiggledotandsqueeze.co.uk or if its just inspiration your after follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/squiggledotandsqueeze for lots of how to videos for simple fun crafty projects.