- Published on Thursday, 03 January 2013 13:00
Written by Shara Lawrence-Weiss, Mommy Perks
I have four children and each one is different and unique in many ways. I have to adjust my parenting style for each child, which is not always easy. My two eldest children are very logical and matter-of-fact. My son, age four, is far more abstract in his thinking. I've had to work hard to adjust my parenting approach for him and learn to work within his guidelines.
We recently moved into a new home and that's brought about some behavior challenges. Today, I gave my son a big paper box and told him to rip it up: "Here. Rather than hit your sister, how about you rip up the box? Tear it up! Go for it! Get your energy out!"
After he was done he said, "Mom. Can we make a craft now?" I said, "Sure. What kind of craft do you want to make?" He explained, in his own words, that he wanted to make a paper box man from the pieces of cardboard. He wanted to put candy all around it and pretend it was a candy man.
This was new to me. I've never created a craft like this one but by golly, we had fun!
Here's my son, placing the candy (and other random items that he found inside our packing boxes) on the Paper Box Candy Man's face:
We gave the character some long hair growing upwards:
My daughter came over to jump in on the fun: