kid’s art–how not to lose your mind

kids-art

In my Instagram feed, you’ll likely see a couple images of a creative mess each week.  We make a LOT of creative messes.  However, because they happen so frequently, I’ve learned some really key ways to keep from losing your mind or control of your house!

I’ve heard from women of all kinds that allowing their kids to make creative messes is one of the most challenging parts of motherhood.  And like many things that are hard for us as parents, it is amazingly important for their sake.  I plan on writing a for the remainder of the week on how to encourage creativity with your children and live to tell the tale.

Today, I’m over at The Creative Mama speaking about Google Art Project.  I would say it is my new favorite discovery online!

Tomorrow, we’ll begin to tackle art with kids.  Really, though, whether or not you have children–the things in this series about can practically help with your own creative messes and philosophically help you deal with other people’s life messes.  ;)

Do you allow other people room to make a mess?

15 Comments

  • Reply May 15, 2012

    HopeUnbroken

    this is fantastic–both in the realm of children and other people!
    and i guess my tendency to avoid messes with my kiddos overflows into the lives of people.
    it’s hard.
    that’s the truth.
    i always hated cleaning up the messes when my kids were little.
    and often it’s hard to clean up people’s messes. i tend to only want to do it “on my time.”
    but God keeps working on my heart–in both scenarios!!!
    thanks for the reminder and the encouragement, hayley!
    steph

    • Reply May 15, 2012

      Tiny Twig

      i am the same about any other kind of mess–especially FOOD messes! i don’t know why that one gets me so much.

  • Great series idea. I have a hard time letting them make messes. I have come up with a few strategies though, to minimize the mess.
    Play legos on a big sheet. Then you can just pick up the corners, and dump back in the bin.
    For watercolor paints-real-keep the paints and rinsing water in dixie cups, and keep those on flat, plastic plates. Then if it spills, which it inevitably does,=) the spill is mostly on the plate-not the floor.
    For sculpting clay, we line the table with a cut open garbage bag. Clay is hard to wash off surfaces, but this keeps it off my table, and works great.
    I can’t wait to hear other ideas.=)

    • Reply May 15, 2012

      Tiny Twig

      love those ideas! it’s always great to know what works well for other people!

  • Reply May 15, 2012

    Tracey

    Oh dear Lord. You are writing this for me. I need to allow more messes.

    • Reply May 15, 2012

      Tiny Twig

      I tend to be somewhat forgiving of physical messiness. BUT, life messiness?? if it affects me, i surely want you to deal with it promptly. how horrible?

      • Reply May 15, 2012

        Tracey

        I think I am short on patience for physical messes because I know I will be the one doing most of the cleaning up of said messes. And I am lazy. I should probably deal with my laziness.

  • Reply May 15, 2012

    Natasha

    I can be a bit strict about indoor messes but I’m a huge fan of great outdoor adventures and mud covered clothing. I tell the kids that we own a hundred and fifty acres so they can explore and all clothes can be washed.

    Nothing makes me happier then going to the door to see the latest HUGE frog that they caught. (as long as they don’t touch me with it.)

    • Reply May 15, 2012

      Tiny Twig

      oh, to have that much room outside! i feel like i have to kick my kids out the backdoor to get them to even think about outdoor play.

  • Teach me to a be a creative mess maker and let “the art freely flow”! I tend to be a little too uptight and have to remind myself to loosen up and let the kids be kids. A girl like me needs a a simple and clear how-to :)

  • Reply May 15, 2012

    Andrea Howe

    I need to send this series to my sister. She really has a hard time with this and is always asking me how I can be so easy going with this. I just tell her it doesn’t bother me really because I make so many messes, but maybe you can give her more practical advice. ;0

    • Reply May 15, 2012

      Tiny Twig

      i make crazy messes, too. i am not a “neat” person by nature, so that probably has something to do with me being able to loosen up about the kids’ creative mess. :) i’m so glad to know you make messes, too. i think we’re super similar in a lot of ways, just from what i know of you. :) :)

  • Reply May 15, 2012

    Jennifer Campbell

    There you go- writing about what I need to hear again!! This is one of those areas I really need help with. Especially considering that I homeschool, I need to learn how to allow the kids to be creatively messy.

  • Reply May 15, 2012

    Corrie Anne

    Right now I’m the one who makes messes in our house. And our dog, Boyd. Lol. But boy, do we have some people messes in my office!! Just trying to love on them for now.

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