Yet another moment in parenting where I am learning to 'let it go' and foster our kid's creative expression. Because yes, yes our five year old did just paint her wall.
Mama drew the outlines... and then she slap-happily brushed the paint on (while I 'touched up' the final bits... because I just can't fully 'let it go').
This project was the result of her declaring that her side of the room should be her favourite colours - pink/purple. Her brother could keep all this delightful 'boyish' green on his side.
Sensing and impasse I used the age-old trick of distraction, and offered her the option of just painting some flowers, or swirls... or birds.
Birds, of course!
Our house is filled with them, and trees (and bunting) all throughout our nest.
It's funny, this was another moment when I looked back with gratitude for how my folks raised me. Some parents would have likely balked at letting their kids assert their creative fingerprint on their home decor.. my parents embraced it. I think that was very empowering for my individual expression and confidence as I grew up. They didn't bat an eyelash (at least outwardly) when I wanted to do all sorts of craziness to my room. Or, when I wanted to shave half my head. Or, when I wanted to wear a tux to my grade 8 grad... etc.
As I grow in this parenting thing, I'm learning (even from my own parents) to not sweat the small things - and to recognize what the small things are!
It's a beautiful thing to see their creativity take flight.