On painting.
July 03, 2012

She was sipping her milk and then, in the blink of an eye, the milk was everywhere.  She looked devastated.

“Oh boy!  Would you look at that puddle of milk!” I said.  “I’ll bet it’s a lot of fun to play in and splash with, don’t you think?“

She laughed.

“How about this, Charlotte?  How about I clean up your cup and re-fill it and you can play in the milk a little?  When you’re done, we can clean it up together.  Does that sound like a plan?” I asked.

“YES!  SURE IT DOES!” she exclaimed.  “I WILL HAPPILY DO THAT!”

And so she did.

But she didn’t want to clean it up.  “I want to make something messy, Momma!” she told me.

“Well I was thinking we would do some painting later.  Would you like to go outside and pick some tomatoes or would you like to do some painting instead?”

She thought about it.  “We will paint,” she said.  “Yes.  We can look for some ripe tomatoes with Daddy.  Tonight.  But, BUT RIGHT NOW!  We will paint!”

And so we did.

And then she took a very, very long bath.  For obvious reasons.


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  1. By Ashley on July 03, 2012

    SO sweet. She’s so lucky to have a mom like you :)

  2. By Sarah Christensen on July 03, 2012

    Ah, thank you Ashley =)

  3. By on July 03, 2012

    I love reading your posts like this.  Charlotte is just adorable and I love the way you interact.  I know you’re not perfect, but I do want to tell you that you are an inspiration.  I hope to be a mom like you when my little one arrives!
    ~Bee

  4. By on July 03, 2012

    Kindness breeds patient, thoughtful humans; Charlotte demonstrates that in many different situations which you share so succinctly.

    Thank you, Sarah.

  5. By tara pollard pakosta on July 04, 2012

    this is how my girls ALWAYS ended up after paining, covered in it! In fact, savannah used to even color her whole body esp. her face with markers too. she LOVED the feel of it, she’s still a hands on messy girl at 12.5, she loves texture….

    I LOVE that you did this with her!
    and ADORABLE PICTURES!!!!
    she’s precious!

    tara

  6. By Sarah Christensen on July 04, 2012

    Tara - She even got paint on her back!  It’s amazing how messy they can get with the right motivation =)

    I love that your 12 year old is still hands-on and okay with getting messy.  I remember being the same way, but so many kids I meet who are even Charlotte’s age don’t want to get their hands or their bodies too messy.  I don’t understand!  How can you not?!  IT’S FUN!!

  7. By baby furniture BabyBot on July 12, 2012

    Kids love to explore and parents should let them have it, just keep your eyes on them. Kids are very curious, they really are, they really love to know more about certain things or how do to it. In the process it can be messy but parents should have that patience when it happens. They are just kids who want to have fun. I think your daughter is lucky to have you as a mom.

  8. By Picture Canvas on July 13, 2012

    You have an adorable girl here and talented as well. It’s a good thing she’s exploring her talent at an early age. As a parent, you just have to support your kids in everything they love to do. You have a great way of motivation.

  9. By Tiki Torch on July 17, 2012

    Really sweet! I was very amused about her talent. She can paint! I don’t have that talent and I am old. But she is just a kid.

    Just continue developing her skills and she will be what she wanted to be in the future.

  10. By Raven Coleman on July 27, 2016

    Very talented girl!


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