My four year old Noelle has no interest in drawing pictures or coloring inside the lines. When presented with a blank piece of paper, she takes a few crayons to it, hastily draws a circle or a blob, and moves on.
I’ve googled this issue repeatedly spent a lot of time sweating it.
I know coloring inside the lines is overrated, but I just need to to know that she’s able to do it… if she wants to.
I have mini panic attacks when I see the art of my friends’ preschoolers online, they’re drawing people! With faces and recognizable limbs!
I regularly freak out over this as though this is huge benchmark in Noelle’s future life success.
But this past Sunday afternoon, during a rainy-day painting session, she painted a beaver! With a pond! And a tree!
All the !!!!!!!
Real understandable things, on paper!
And the mother rejoiced! There was much celebration and high-fivery and fist-bumpery.
Because finally, we arrived! We were going to be okay! We had beavers!
Wait a second. Where were we yesterday? Were we any less awesome in out pre-beaver existence?
Am I really going to be the kind of mom who only believes in her kids when they’re hitting the pre-prescribed benchmarks?
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