The day she started painting again

‘More paper, Mummy,’ she demanded without even turning her head from what she was doing.

Too in awe of what was happening, I forgot to remind her to use the magic word. Instead I nodded, raced to our art and craft cupboard, grabbed some paper, raced back and handed it to her.

She grabbed the wad of paper, threw it on the floor in reckless abandon beside her in the way only a toddler can, before picking up a single piece and placing it onto her little, yellow table. She dipped her paintbrush into a container of purple paint and started painting.

Painting.

She has started painting again.

Flashback to December 2012, I received from Curly-locks’ daycare a journal of her daycare experience that year. In it were the words, ‘Art is one of your favourite activities, picking the colours and finding the right spot on the paper for the brush. I can see this creative side of you being something that will interest you for the rest of your life’.

I had beamed when I read this. It came as no surprise though, as we did plenty of painting at home, sometimes going through a whole paint book in half an hour. Aside from dancing and reading, art was her all time favourite thing to do.

Flash forward from December 2012 to a few months ago, Curly-locks’ daycare teacher told me Curly-locks had chosen to not participate in art that day. The activity involved kids dipping their hands in paint to make a beautiful hand printed mural. The photos taken on the day showed a group of smiley kids covered in paint. All of the kids except Curly-locks.

Curly-locks’ teacher explained it was quite a messy activity and perhaps that was why she didn’t want to be involved. Curly-locks, at times, has been known to have a thing about being clean, so this could potentially make sense.

I asked her gently on the way home why she hadn’t wanted to participate and she said it was because she was shy. This also made sense to me. The scene portrayed in the pictures did look quite hectic. Maybe it was all a bit too much for her. Boisterous group activity is not everyone’s cup of tea.

I left it there and didn’t make an issue out of it. She didn’t participate one time. Big deal. We all have our off days. The thing is, the same thing happened week after week. Her teachers would say to me at each pick up, ‘No art again today. She played happily in the home corner with the dolls instead’.

Curly-locks’ teacher didn’t believe in drawing attention to Curly-locks’ self-imposed art ban, nor make an issue about it. Curly-locks was content and still loved going to daycare, so we just left it.

I have been asking her off and on without pressure if she wanted to paint with me at home, but she never did.

That is until I showed her this week a bracelet making kit she had received for her birthday. The kit involved painting beads and then making a bracelet. She was instantly intrigued.

She happily painted the beads and once that was done came the orders for more paper. She painted 10 pictures and then we broke for morning tea. She then painted seven more. This was huge for a young child with a short attention span. She had lunch and then a nap. When she woke up, her eyes still sleepy, she walked straight over to her yellow table in her undies, dragging her Teddy behind her, sat down and painted some more. I couldn’t believe it.

She had painted for virtually an entire day!

DSCF0416By the end of the day, she had paint on her hands, legs and face, and she loved it. I was over the moon. I emailed her daycare teacher to tell her and rushed to tell Dave when he came home from work.

I guess we will never know what caused her painting hiatus and what got her started again … And whether or not she will paint at daycare next week.

At any rate, I’m glad we took the route of not pressuring her and just letting nature take its course.

Has your child ever suddenly refused to do something they once loved? Share.

34 comments on The day she started painting again

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    August 16, 2013 at 6:58 am (4 years ago)

    No, but I have had a child who refused to do craft of any kind. He used to like painting at daycare but once school started or at home – he just never wanted to do it.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 16, 2013 at 10:53 am (4 years ago)

      Hmm that’s interesting. I wonder why he stopped?

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  2. Neets
    August 16, 2013 at 7:57 am (4 years ago)

    Cute story! Sounds like you may have a famous artist on your hands. Perhaps it’s the same as when we get writers block. Ha ha. My son used to love daycare then went completely off it x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 16, 2013 at 10:53 am (4 years ago)

      Oh dear, I hope he’s started liking it again! Yes, maybe it is like writer’s block. I never thought of it like that before πŸ™‚ x

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  3. Susan
    August 16, 2013 at 8:20 am (4 years ago)

    LOVELY ART!! Your patience is infinite – at least I think it is. Love reading your blog.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 16, 2013 at 10:54 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Susan! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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  4. Bec | Mumma Tells
    August 16, 2013 at 8:55 am (4 years ago)

    Naww. I love crafting with my girl. Glad Curlylocks is back on board – it’s so much fun to paint! I can only really thing of the {little} Big Girl’s once love for food, which has now vanished upon entering toddlerhood. Hopefully it’s just a stage, because she is almost impossible to feed at the moment! X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 16, 2013 at 10:55 am (4 years ago)

      Oh dear! That is not fun at all. Yep, they go through so many stages don’t they?! I think they do it just to drive us crazy πŸ™‚ x

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  5. Amanda @ Cooker and a Looker
    August 16, 2013 at 9:58 am (4 years ago)

    No experience of that here. The Big Sister is prolific in her artistic endeavours – glad Curlylocks in back at it. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 16, 2013 at 10:55 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Amanda. Glad the Big Sister is happy getting her art on πŸ™‚

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  6. Lisa - Sweet Little Pretties
    August 16, 2013 at 10:16 am (4 years ago)

    So cute glad she is back onboard – sounds like a perfect day for painting
    Visiting from FYBF and Sweet Little Pretties

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 16, 2013 at 10:55 am (4 years ago)

      Yes, it sure was an awesome day! Thanks for dropping in πŸ™‚

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  7. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    August 16, 2013 at 11:34 am (4 years ago)

    Isn’t it strange how they go on and off things from one day to the next? I’m so glad Curly-locks has a patient mama, sometimes that’s all it takes. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 16, 2013 at 1:27 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lisa. Yes, we don’t believe in pressuring them here πŸ™‚ x

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  8. Kim@spiritedmama
    August 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Kids are funny little things. It could have been anything but she obviously has a penchant for art somewhere in there. Very sweet drawing there. Kim

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Kim πŸ™‚ Yes, they sure are! It’s hard to keep track sometimes πŸ™‚

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  9. Ask a Toddler
    August 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Everyday and I askatoddler.com but there’s always a disconnect! Today one thing the next another!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm (4 years ago)

      They are interesting creatures aren’t they?! πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping in!

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  10. Grace
    August 16, 2013 at 8:26 pm (4 years ago)

    Kids are so unpredictable that way, aren’t they? My boys are constantly chopping and changing what they like. One thing is constant – trains!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Very cool, Grace. Yeah I was just concerned because she had put a total ban on it. They are so hard to figure out πŸ™‚

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  11. Zanni Louise
    August 16, 2013 at 8:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Kids are so much more complicated than we give them credit for Renee. I love their little intricacies. Elka currently has a ban on me or more specifically, Ladies, taking her to bed. It just changed one night, and we’ll never know how or why. Glad Curly-Locks is enjoying painting again! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 16, 2013 at 9:06 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh my goodness, Zanni. Sorry, I just laughed. She has a ban on ladies taking her to bed?! She is the cutest thing ever. Such a personality!! x

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  12. ally
    August 16, 2013 at 9:48 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m so glad she started again
    I can’t remember mine doing anything like that – except refusing certain foods for months on end and then suddenly just asking for it all the time again
    Unpredictable, frustrating and endlessly interesting!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 16, 2013 at 9:58 pm (4 years ago)

      They sure are, Ally. They like to keep us on our toes πŸ™‚

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  13. Lisa Wood
    August 17, 2013 at 6:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Good that she has bone back to painting again….maybe she was saving it up so that she could explore more colours!!
    My boys love playing lego and then for weeks on end they wont have anything to do with touching any of it!! They say they no longer like Lego yet it can be weeks later and they start to use it once more πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm (4 years ago)

      They really are strange creatures, aren’t they?! I’m feeling a bit better about things now, knowing that my child’s not the only one putting a ban on certain things πŸ™‚

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  14. Lisa )
    August 18, 2013 at 7:14 am (4 years ago)

    my son hated craft with a passion, he is a really good drawer when he does do it, i think its the sitting still he doesnt like.. my daughter – will draw for hours!

    Now following your lovely blog on bloglovin

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes, maybe it is the sitting still that has something to do with it! πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by. I’ll be sure to check out your blog now πŸ™‚

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  15. Shelley
    August 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm (4 years ago)

    Lovely story! My little Miss changes her mind on things like the wind, she loves it then she doesn’t, then she does again! It is so hard to keep up!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm (4 years ago)

      It sure is hard to keep up, Shelley! I get exhausted trying to figure them out πŸ™‚

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  16. Kymmie @ a day in the life of us
    August 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm (4 years ago)

    That’s so awesome that she’s painting again. Oh, you have a true artist in the making – personality type and all! My kids (both boys) aren’t that keen on crafts to the point that we schedule it in (it’s not something they look forward to). But I try. The boys just want to get outside and role play. That’s what they do. And nothing stops them. Great post Renee, and you must be slightly relieved too πŸ˜‰ xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm (4 years ago)

      I sure am, Kymmie! Boys are so different, aren’t they?! Although, my little one is very much into the role play at this age too πŸ™‚

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  17. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    August 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm (4 years ago)

    I love that she and art became one again. I havent really had my children go off something once they have shown and initial interest, except for collecting thin gs like Ninja Turltles and Justice League figurines and Go Gos lol xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 18, 2013 at 9:09 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. They are just growing and changing all the time aren’t they?! It’s hard to keep up πŸ™‚

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