Over the course of the summer Annie totally stopped drawing.
Somehow she got it into her head that she wasn’t any good at it and so refused to even pick up a pen or pencil.
Her colouring in skills vanished and she returned to the toddler days of scribbling over a whole colouring in page in a single colour.
I decided the best thing to do was not to push it, I asked if she fancied drawing every now and again but never stressed the point. It got to the stage where I became concerned, especially with her starting school in September.
As soon as the problem arose it vanished. As if by magic, two weeks ago, she asked me to pass her some pens and started copying drawings from one of her books. All of a sudden she is drawing pages and pages of pictures a day, she asks us to spell words and she writes them and her colouring in has improved dramatically.
I don’t know what caused the problem, we try and be supportive and positive with the kids, but I am so very glad that it’s passed.
On Sunday she drew, from her imagination, a giraffe eating leaves off a tree and a brown swan swimming on a pond on a sunny day. These may not be ‘works of art’ but to me they’re the best sight I’ve seen in ages. Finally our little girl who believes in herself has returned and made me a very proud Mummy.
I love the swans feet and how her giraffe has blue legs, these things make me happy and our kitchen cupboards are covered in up to date drawings by both kids.
The thing I am learning with the our two is not to push them. They both seem quite stubborn and prefer to find solutions in their own time. If that is possible I try and let it, however stressful it may be to watch from my point of view.
Have your kiddos ever stopped doing something they previously enjoyed and how did you cope with it?>
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