Hearts Knit Together #27: Name Canvases Craft for Children

Hearts Knit Together was born out of my struggle to balance my desire to create with my busy life as a mother of four. I am challenging myself to do something creative WITH my children each week and to share that adventure with you on Mondays. I invite you to share your creativity with your children so that we might inspire each other with ideas to help "knit our hearts together." 

If you want to join me, write a blog post about something creative you did with kids and share your link in the comments. No rules really, only that your link is current and something about creating with children. They don't even have to be your own kids. Please remember to link back to The Gauge Wars so that others who may want to join can find it. Pretty simple. Your post can be from any day of the week. It doesn't have to be Monday. Thank you for participating! 

You have to love Pinterest. I got this idea here.  As I was searching back through my Craft Board on Pinterest I was reminded of how many awesome projects I have pinned there. So many things to make, so little time! There are some amazingly creative people in this world. I am glad that they can be brought to me via Pinterest. 

This project was one of my boys favorites. One morning I was busy wasting time on the computer when one of them must have asked me about painting and I absentmindedly said yes. Next time I walked into the kitchen they weren't using the cheap watercolor paint but were squirting Maeve's more expensive paints into little cupcake papers. Oops. So I pulled out the canvases so that paint would not go to waste.  

When Adelle came home from school and saw their project she quickly asked if she could have the last canvas to make her own. She did it on her own the next morning before school. I love her colors and think it is funny that she didn't bother to try to fit all her letters on. 

You know this parenting thing can be pretty difficult. I had a particularly bad moment Saturday night that ended in a scream-fest. I have since apologized but I am still feeling guilty over it. My daughter was being a bit ridiculous when she was refusing to shower because she was afraid (recently three out of my four children are afraid to go anywhere in the house alone). But I could just have easily stayed in my room while she showered in my bathroom but I was tired and frustrated that she wouldn't do it alone. Looking back that totally wasn't worth the contention. I am pretty sure I am not alone in the bad parenting moments I have, I am not the only mother to yell at her children. Somehow this knowledge does make me feel a bit better. Misery loves company right? But I also know there are parents out there that don't yell at their children and I am going to try really hard to become more like them. As we near the time of making New Year resolutions maybe I should just stick with that one. It might take all of my concentration to break that bad habit and develop better self control. 

Here's to hoping. Happy Monday!

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