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It turns out I love creating art with my four-year-old

No sooner had I drawn my first face (I love drawing from old black & white movie stills) had she swooped over to me with an intense look. "OOOH! Is that a NEW sketchbook? Can I draw in that too, mama?" I have to admit, the girl knows good art supplies when she sees them. I muttered something about how it was my special book, how she had her own supplies and blah blah blah, but the appeal of new art supplies was too much for her to resist. In a very serious tone, she looked at me and said, "If you can't share, we might have to take it away if you can't share."

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Mini day-tripping with my little dude: I let my kid skip school and we went to the art museum

While my (almost four-year-old) son was bustling around deciding what toy he wanted to bring to school with him and I was mid-bagel, I asked if he wanted to go skip school and go to the art museum. He was somewhat incredulous at first (we haven't visited this museum yet) and I was somewhat unsure of how he'd be once we got there (he's generally well-behaved, but a huge building filled with things to knock over/touch? HARD.), but we decided yes: we were going to do it.

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2 ways your kids can use a plastic bag to fingerpaint without the mess

A lot of kids loooove fingerpainting, which I think makes sense — it is a fun sensory experience. Most kids enjoy squishing paint through their fingers and getting messy. Although I have to confess, I'm not always up for the mess fingerpainting creates. Mess-free fingerpainting is perfect for those days when you don't have time to clean up messy kiddos!

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How can I balance being a parent and being an artist?

It's very difficult to be faced with two options: be artistic on cue, or stop in the middle of my inspiration to fix dinner, help with homework, or do a bedtime routine. The end result of all this internal conflict is complete and utter failure at both my art and raising my children in a healthy clean environment. I am curious: has anyone else out there dealt with this conflict? Have you found a solution that's healthy for everyone?