Do your kids like to draw?

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Do your kids like to draw?
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Thu, 06-05-2003 - 3:49pm
This is'nt a problem post, I just found out something about Quentin (my 6yr old son)last week that I thought that I would share. He can draw really well, I can never get him to sit still long enough at home to draw, color, paint, etc. But he brought home a picture on the last day of school that he drew and it was beautiful! A vase of pretty flowers,using oil pastels and water color paints. I bought a matt and put it in a poster frame and hung it in the kitchen. I also went out and bought some art paper and pastels and showed him how to blend the colors--he is loving it! He makes the most beautiful bright pictures and designs. I think that I have tapped into something positive for him.

Sorry I had to brag! With all of the things that we have to deal with when it comes to ADHD its great to post a positive!

What kicks your kids creativity into gear? What are they great at, please post.

Shaun

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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 10:22am
Shuan,

My 7yr old DS has always been creative and I've noticed him drawing a lot more lately. He likes to do designs or coloring, or drawing some of his favorite characters. He's also pretty good, and I've always liked art so maybe I passed some down to him:) I think it's a wonderful outlet for them and it builds their self esteem.

Amy
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Mon, 06-09-2003 - 6:01am
That's awesome. It's really important to encourage our kids in any area where they seem to have some interest. Drawing and painting is a very good relaxation and concentration thing, so the fact that he's enjoying this is a very good thing. It's a good outlet for him, and a real boost of self-esteem because he has some talen.

With my DS, it's sports ... he loves to play baseball ... but it also can be a source of frustration for him. DH will go out and throw and pitch with him, but it seems that inevitably, they come in angry with each other. Sigh! He does much better with his non-parent coaches. He's also very good at karate ... and watching his focus and coordination during all these katas that they have to memorize just blows me away.

Nancy

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Mon, 06-09-2003 - 9:12pm
Shaun,

How wonderful for Quentin! The fact that you went right out and got the mat and frame right away encouraged him so much! Taylor has recently begun drawing AND writing her letters and numbers. I think alot of that was due to the fact that I didn't press the issue with her. When I picked her up at my parent's house tonight, she'd written dozens and dozens of 1's 2's and 3's on her portable chalk board. I asked her if she did that by herself, and she got the biggest grin on her face and nodded happily. Her stick figures have actual faces on them now! LOL IMO, I think WE are the luckiest parents around because when our children (and I mean all of us who have kids with special needs) do something that most parents consider "normal or average", we appreciate it so much more. This, I believe, is God's blessing to us :)

Traci
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Tue, 06-10-2003 - 8:28am
Mine are more into acting and singing. My youngest, especially, is Mr. Drama. I often say about him, "If it's not worth doing with drama, it's not worth doing."

I swear my oldest can repeat back entire Sponge Bob episodes. (Well, if not episodes, definitely entire scenes.) And my youngest gets in on the 'act'.

They sometimes make up original stuff - carefully choreographing the moves and lines. The costumes in the costume box are well-played with. And if I find one at a garage sale or on clearance - always a good investment! They will also take their action figures and have 're-enactments' with them. Some of it, I've caught on video.

My oldest is starting to get interested in drawing, but he's not very good at it. And not much talent in the parental gene pool for him to draw from ;-). (No pun intended!)

They each brought home a portfolio of artwork from school, and my thought was to get their favorite piece framed. Of course my K'er picks out a rather large piece (12X18, I think), that has popsicle sticks glued to it making a ladder to the moon (after one of the Eric Carle books). I know it'll cost a fortune to have it custom framed, and I can't find anything that's going to fit it. My 1st grader was a bit more conventional, but I haven't done anything yet.

Don't apologize for bragging. Here we need all the positives we can get!

Karen

 


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Tue, 06-10-2003 - 1:38pm
Traci you are definitly right, we were blessed with these kids for a reason and that is because God knew how much we would appreciate them! (IMO) I hear people all the time say how they could not deal with a child with ADHD, autism etc. I used to get so offended by it but now I think " ya know that is why God gave him to me and you dont know what you are missing" In my experiences kids I know with ADHD etc, are so effectionate and all of that energy that they have, when they put it into something that they love they just excell at it. It is so wonderfull!

Thanks for all the responses!

Shaun