Inspired today by these quotes:
“Be careful what you teach. It might interfere with what they are learning.” Magda Gerber.
“When you teach a child something you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself.” Jean Piaget
There is nothing so fulfilling, exciting and thrilling for me as to discover something new while exploring my craft. Wool is such a versatile medium that I feel I’ve only just touched the surface of discovering its properties. Learning the basics from YouTube instructions, I ordered some wool and tools and set myself to exploring.
Years ago, I taught painting and drawing to undergraduate students and had a really hard time ‘teaching’ them how to draw. For me, the artistic process is a fine balance of seeing, playing, discovery and realization. Many of the students wanted me to tell them how to draw, what to draw and tell them which things worked and which didn’t. I know that a lot of this was motivated by trying to please me to receive a high grade. At the time I had no idea that my discomfort with telling people how to be creative would mirror my parenting style.
Now with two small children, I mostly direct their learning from exploring the world. They discover, experiment and play and I would never dream of telling them what to play or how to play it.
I am that Mum who gives her children Play Doh and lets them mix all the colors together, who puts a lump of beeswax into their hands to see what they do with it. I am that Mum who dumps all the Legos onto a big blanket and tells the kids, “Have at it.” I let them draw with Sharpies on their toys and then experiment with different things to try and get it off again.
I am the Mum who lets her kids paint their own faces to see the joy and empowerment glowing in their eyes.
I am that Mum who begrudgingly gave into the fact that her littlest was a weapons lover and agreed to print out over fifty guns from Google so that he could draw all over them.
Asher and Jasper have created some magical things and come up with ideas I had never dreamed possible and I am along for the wonderful ride.