As the title says. I hate kids’ crafts and kids craft related activities.
This is one of my parenting confession posts, where I spill the beans on a parenting foible or failure, I have experienced or feel that I want to share!
That sounds a little extreme, and probably is slightly exaggerated, but I really do not like or enjoy craft activities, particularly with children.
I am not creative, I don’t have an eye for making pretty things, or whipping a lot of pretty paper, beads and glue into a marvelous creation that is fit for Pinterest. I love watching other people create things, with much envy, and wistfully wish that I had their skills, but as hard as I have tried, it is never going to happen for me. I have been told many a time, that I COULD be creative if I wanted to, but really, truly I can’t
Don’t get me wrong. We do creative things, the children and I. We bake, we cook, we do some sensory activities, but when it comes to crafts and being creative, I happily outsource to other people or will spend money on things that make my life easier and require minimal effort from me.
I do occasionally relent, and we attempt a craft, and if it is a short, easy thing, with simple instructions and preferably not too much glue, glitter or artistic eye required, then I can manage it. Thankfully, now my kids are older, they can happily get on with kids craft stuff without me a lot more of the time.
So, there you have it, I am not a crafty, creative mum. I don’t enjoy it, my children somehow seem to both be incredibly creative though, so I happily facilitate that for them, and encourage it, as long as they don’t look to me to the be expert.
I did feel guilty for a long time and tried to make an effort to be more crafty, and still occasionally linger, looking longingly at the fabulous efforts people put on Pinterest, and at all the hundreds of suggested craft activities for children, but I am over the guilt, and whilst Parenting Confessions – I hate doing kids crafts, we do plenty of other things, instead, and I don’t think the children are missing out that much. You don’t have to be crafty and creative to be a good mum. I currently homeschool our younger child, which has made me have to be a bit more creative but he does an art class, a craft class, and plenty of activities that meet his creative needs.
If like me you like to outsource your craft activities, then you may want to check out Gemma from Papertown Crafts. Well worth signing up to, my son loves her sessions and activities.
There must be other parents out there who don’t love craft activities? Do you love or hate kids’ crafts? it’s ok if you do and if you are in fact a parenting craft genius, then I will admit to admiring you, but not feeling too insecure.