* One of E2's masterpieces
When we gifted the kids with the sketchbooks, we already knew that E3 wasn't too interested in drawing or coloring but we wanted her to have a chance to draw as well if she wanted to. She drew in her book a few times and haven't touched it since. E2 has drawn more in her sketchbook and her book is about half way filled so far. As for E1, his sketchbook was filled within a few weeks and he has gone on to fill up 2 other notebooks that we have given him. I am totally loving this new interest of his and has even started giving him little drawing lessons to help foster it.
One of the lessons I learned last summer during a parenting seminar was that we should not overlook the importance of giving our children a vision and inspiring them to greatness! The director of Children's Ministry at the church that I attend talked about how she once told her granddaughter that she displayed great leadership skills and could grow up to be a great leader one day. And her granddaughter really took it to heart and remembered her words even though she was only 3 or 4. Also during one of our recent Sunday sermons the pastor was giving an illustration about a man that was quite the trouble maker as a child and one of his teachers actually said in his end of the year reviews that he would most likely end up in prison when he grew up. But when he went on to his new grade and met his new teacher, his teacher said something very profound to him, she said, "I have heard a lot about you and I don't believe a word of it!" And that line totally changed him around and he went on to be a great mentor and inspired other great men.
With that lesson in mind, I have been more intentional with some of my conversations with the kids to make sure I inspire them. I have been telling E1 I love all his drawings and with lots of practice and patience I truly believe he could be a great artist one day. And I totally love how his face lights up when I tell him these things. I have also been encouraging E2 to draw more since I can tell she shows interest as well.
We have been trying to figure out where E3's interests lie and we think it is more in singing and dancing. So we might consider signing her up for a dance class to see if that is where things go.
Though I am totally excited with the fact that some of my children share in my interest in art, I also need to remind myself that this might change when they get older and I should be just as supportive of their new interests even if it is not something I enjoy. Not sure if it is Asian parents or just parents in general but many parents can impose their own unfulfilled dreams on their kids even if it means it is not what their kids are interested in. Or they steer their kids toward interests that they think will be beneficial for them (ie. being a doctor, lawyer) even if it is not what their children are truly interested in. My parents were a little like that when I was younger but I'm glad that they eventually came around and was able to fully support my interest in art.
What do you do to inspire your kids?
How did your parents support your interests?