I have a question. How much time do you spend doing arts and crafts with your children?
My eldest daughter, Helen, has developed a love of origami. A couple of times a week, Helen, her little sister Izzy and I will crowd around a computer monitor and watch origami demonstrations on YouTube. With varying degrees of success, we will then try and replicate what we have seen on screen.
It’s quite a fun pastime and, most of the time, we all manage to make something fairly decent. Even Izzy, who is not renowned for being patient, will sit quietly as I help her fold, crease and turn her sheet of paper until it becomes recognizable as a fish, a frog or fortune teller.
This love of origami, however, is the exception rather than the rule. Arts and crafts are not something I have ever excelled at with the children.
I definitely did more with Helen before she started school. She would ask to do arts and crafts and even today refers to herself as an “artist”.
Izzy hasn’t yet started school. Although we have more time in each other’s company, we do not spend every day doing potato prints or colouring in activity sheets.
Then again, she’s different to her sister. Izzy doesn’t seem as interested in creative pursuits, preferring instead to act out role play games with toys, bake cakes and biscuits or play sports.
Izzy is her own person with her own interests. She will, of course, develop at her own speed. I still find myself a little concerned that she isn’t more interested in drawing, painting and so on.
There is probably a certain amount of second child syndrome at play here. With Helen, both Mrs Adams and I had time indulge her. That’s not the case with Izzy.
Then again, maybe I am worrying too much. To quote my mother “you barely went near a pencil until you were five years old.” Maybe it’s simply a case of ‘like father like daughter’.