The latest post over at Charming Farming…
Originally posted on Charming Farming:
There’s an old saying that goes, “Idle hands are the devil’s playground.” Or workshop or something like that. The point is that if one is not busy, one will get into trouble. Perhaps it is this way of thinking that has spawned the kids’ craft industry and the untold number of websites and Pinterest pages devoted to making things with popsicle sticks, paper plates, and toilet paper rolls.
I’m not knocking kids’s crafts. I’ve done my fair share of crafting with kids. My children and I have melted crayons to make Christmas ornaments. We’ve glued rice and pinto beans to particle board to fashion works of art. We’ve strung macaroni necklaces, and made our own play doh. Quite frankly, I’m sick to death all of it. Really, I’d rather glue popsicle sticks to my eyebrows than to ever make anything else involving pipe cleaners again. Ever.
Sure, when I happen across a Pinterest page featuring a cute picture of some happy children posing (usually in a suspiciously clean kitchen) with their latest creations, I feel a little twinge of guilt, but then I remember my own childhood. I had an absolutely marvelous childhood, and I don’t recall my mother ever doing crafts with us – with the exception of Vacation Bible School and the time my grandmother bought me Shrinky Dinks. My mother didn’t craft with us, not because she was lazy or lacked creativity. She didn’t craft with us because we were outside. Or reading. Or playing a game. She didn’t craft with us because it wasn’t her job to entertain us.