Hell crayons, markers, colored pencils…whatever. I am starting to hate them with the fury of a thousand burning suns. I wish the suns would melt them into a giant unusable glob. What is even more sad is that I actually LOVE coloring. I could color all day. I find it SOOOO relaxing. I even have a method for coloring involving the right kind of paper, a sufficient buffer from a hard surface and the right angle to hold said crayons. Yeah…I’m extreme.
But parenthood is ruining my love of coloring. I had dreams of coloring with my kids. Everyone making blue ducks and purple cows. Glorious days that Real Simple would be banging down my door for a perfect photo shoot. Can’t you see it? Carrot stick snacks with polo shirts?
Now you may be thinking “oh no…what did Landon draw on in the house?” but no worries there. Oddly enough, he is a child who doesn’t seem to get into stuff. I know I am screwed with Dolphin at this rate but I have time.
Our issue is doing it by himself.
For a child that is VERY independent on most accounts, he “can’t” color by himself. This includes drawing/scribbling. Now we probably enabled this early on. I can’t blame us too much. It’s cute the little dance he does when you draw him a horrible train. Then he learned the dreaded phrase “one more” or “one last time”. I am sure you can see where this is going. We are slaves to the drawing king. “I want an ice cream.” “I want a Percy” “I want a Lightening McQueen”. Pause here for props to my husband’s kick ass drawing skills…because they are pretty good…but still. This almost ALWAYS turns into a meltdown when we stop. There is screaming and crayon throwing. (Have I mentioned we may have already hit the 3s? Oy). Then? When you are about to scream too…he says “We do it together?”. Holds the crayon and wants you to hold his hand with him. Yeah…it is STUPID cute…but I know better. It will end the same.
Now at home, we just take the crayons away. They disappear for awhile and we can usually divert him to another activity if he asks for them. But daycare? Where everything is sitting out and it is the one activity MOST kids can do to help the transition for dropoff? Yeah. Like walking into a time bomb. I try to redirect to another activity but it usually fails. He sees a friend coloring and wants to too…EXCEPT HE WON’T COLOR. And bless their hearts, the teachers fall into our same trap. The “We do it together” crushes their soul and they cave. I know…I do it too. THEN? You know he loves it. He carries those pieces of paper around for DAYS. “Look what Miss Brynn drew for me! 2 cupcakes!”. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY????????
So internets, help me. How do I curb this? I have tried to swing it to a learning moment. Like if I draw, he has to tell him shapes to draw to make the wheels or ice cream cone or whatever. He does well. We talk about letters and I make him take turns. Sometimes this works and I think we are onto something and then the tantrum starts again. We just left him at daycare in extreme meltdown mode after being there 30 minutes. ARG!