What she wrote (and what I quoted up top) really struck my attention. Having worked in elementary schools and led playgroups for toddlers, I have seen on numerous occasions adults get so caught up on the final product of what their child is making that they forget it is about the process. Though I do not yet have children of my own, I have been guilty of the same exact thing. For two years I was a one-on-one aide for a boy with autism. I remember getting so caught up on how to draw a person “correctly” that I wouldn’t let him just draw the way he wanted to. Let’s just say I was the source of his meltdowns on a couple occasions for this very reason.
Children (usually) don’t care so much, especially when they are younger. They just want to have fun, getting glue everywhere, making colors appear, sticking things to paper.
What happens to us as we get older? Why do we get so caught up in the right way of doing things, the things we are supposed to do, and often times the need to please others (I am definitely guilty of this) that we forget how to let our hair down and just enjoy the moment?
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