Motherhood, Art, Creative Play, and Finding Joy in Everyday Life

Role Model Your Passion For Your Child


I am bursting with ideas and inspiration lately. It feels really good. Creativity seems to be something that most of us strive to kindle, and have a hard time not pushing off, setting aside, shelving for a rainy day that never quite comes. Every day can be that rainy day, it really can. This is what I have recently learned.

Making art at night wasn’t working for me, so I started doing it in the morning, even while caring for Simon. I figure, role modeling the practice of creativity is definitely a good thing. He is at an age now, where we can even do it together. Who says he can’t finger paint while I watercolor? Why can’t we draw with crayons together- he on construction paper, and me in my sketchbook? What about having him tear paper for me to collage with? The more I think of ways to do this side-by-side creating, the more I realize the possibilities are endless.

Whether we are having artsy fun together, or I am just sketching in my notebook while he is building with blocks at my feet, when Mumma practices art it is good for both of us. He sees me pursuing a passion, and making time for it, which is an important thing to role model. Perhaps you have a different hobby or passion? Whatever it is, do it in front of your children! Let them see you doing what you love in life. The dishes can wait a little longer!

The Artist and Children’s Book Illustrator Mo Willems gave an interview with NPR a while back, and he said some wonderful words along these lines. I will share them with you now. I urge you to go to the link and read the whole interview, and listen to more clips from him, but here is a quote:

“One of the biggest reasons children stop drawing is that they see that adults don’t do it, Willems says. When he goes into classrooms, he says, teachers often ask him to get the kids to draw. But when he does, many of the teachers don’t participate.”Well, now the kids realize that this is just a baby activity,” he says. He reminds us that parents are actually cool in kids’ eyes — for a while — and kids want to imitate what they do.”If your kid comes home from school and you say, ‘I’ll be right with you; I’m just finishing a doodle,’ the kid’s going to go, ‘Dude, I want to do that, too!’ ” -NPR May 5, 2009


Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

17 thoughts on “Role Model Your Passion For Your Child

  1. Very nice sketch. Something very moving and powerful with those big eyes. Although she is not smiling, there is a lot of expression. Very cool.

  2. Love your post! I am a little guilty of not including my children in my art making – I am going to use this as a challenge to myself! BTW we love Mo Willems; “Knuffle Bunny Free” made me cry – reminds me so much of my daughter.

    • Awww! Some children’s books make me choke up too! I am feeling so excited to have inspired you to take on this challenge! Right after i published my post, Simon and i spent about 30 minutes drawing a picture together on his chalkboard. It was fun!

  3. great post! so glad you are making time for your passion- and thank you for sharing your picture so others can enjoy your talent!

  4. Love Mo Willems so much. That’s excellent advice.

  5. Wonderful post. I know many mothers who do arts or crafts with their children either together or individually in the same room. My friend Jana, a fine artist has easels set up for her little ones in her studio and another has a special room where her and her daughter make jewelry and ornaments from their huge collection of beads. I have my own memories of writing stories and making candles with my very artistic and creative mother.

    Your drawings are beautiful!

    • Thank you so much. Once Simon is a little older, i plan to set up a studio space for him in my own studio too. This means I probably ought to get going on setting my space up! (A lot of it is still packed in boxes.)

  6. In the last few years, I’ve taken my writing more seriously and done it in front of my kids. Now, several of them are writing and talk about writing books someday. I hope I can inspire them so they won’t wait as long as I did.

  7. Kid really do watch everything we do. This is great and inspiring. I need to remember to be more creative with my children.

  8. What a good idea! I read the quote, and I never thought about it that way. Of course, he’s absolutely right. 🙂

  9. I struggle with how I might bring creating with art media back into my life and love this idea of drawing with the kids. You might like this artist’s post on Illustration Friday about drawing with his children in the same sketchbook. It’s inspiring, too! My struggle is because I work full-time and when I get home, it’s dinner, homework for both kids, then OMG!, it’s bedtime already, how did that happen!? Art has to wait until the weekends.

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