Paint Please

18 Mar

I love watching little’n paint and draw and I encourage it at (almost) every opportunity. Today though, it did not seem like the best idea. We had a bad night’s sleep with lots of waking and grumping and demands for feeding so I was exhausted and not in the best mood. Son was tired, which usually means that frustration gets the better of him, and paint does not mix well with temper tantrums. I do happen to know that it mixes very well with carpets though, so well in fact, that the two can quite easily become inseparable.

In my sleep deprived state, I did not fancy cleaning up paint. I also did not notice that I’d left the box of paints in full view by the playroom door.

“Mummy, paint”

“What was that, sweetie?” (like I didn’t know)

“Paint mummy, paint”

“Would you like to read a book?”

“No, paint”

“How about playing with the cars?”

“Maaaam, no, paint… please”

At this point he dragged me to the door, pointing dramatically

“Paint, there, please” and again, with signing, “Please, please”

Well, how could I refuse after that. I put down towels, I had packets of wipes on standby and I let him get on with it. I waited, ready to catch a flying paintbrush or scoop up a tipped over pot before the paint spilled, but it never happened. In fact, this was probably the nicest painting session we’ve ever had, and the one with the least amount of mess.

I know you’re dying to see the latest work of artistic genius that my son has produced so here it is…

What do you mean, what is it? It’s a crocodile about to snap an unsuspecting bird out of the sky of course!

I’m so glad that I just let him paint today. We had such a lovely time and his good mood carried on through most of the day. Had I refused, thinking it would be easier for me, I’m sure the tantrums would have really kicked off and I would have had to deal with them for most of the day instead. Which would have been a lot harder work than cleaning up a bit of paint.

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4 Responses to “Paint Please”

  1. Kerry March 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    Ah what a brilliant picture I am so glad you had a good painting session it is always a little fraught in our house. But I am sure we will get there xx

    • octarinefire March 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

      Thank you. He’s always been pretty good with painting, just not when he’s tired. It should get easier the more often you do it x

  2. Mcai7td3 March 24, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I was going to say it looked like a pink and yellow Rams head (which a left dodgy ear) but crocodiles head is better. He sounds very cute and polite. Obviously talented too 🙂

    • octarinefire March 24, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

      Haha, brilliant, I see the ram’s head! He is very polite, probably because he knows we can’t say no to his cute pleases. Thanks for lovely comment x

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