As much as I love to share Boy Wonder’s artwork with heaping amounts of mom pride, sometimes I wonder if I’m pushing art too hard.
To quote myself from yesterday, “Boy Wonder has been in art class for five years and every Saturday morning it’s a damn struggle to get him there. I force it because he likes the class, even if he doesn’t like getting showered and dressed to go there. I also force art because he has raw talent that deserves development and yeah, the discipline art requires won’t kill him.”
While I believe in my reasons for
forcing strongly encouraging private art lessons, the last thing I want to do is suck the joy right out of his artistic experience. When I mentioned he “liked” the class, I failed to explain that what he liked was the finished product – not the formalized instruction. I get it, 1 ½ hours of art instruction every Saturday morning wouldn’t be my idea of fun either.
At an age where he disagrees with me on everything just because he can, I’m at a loss in deciding if art lessons are a battle worth fighting for.
While my head tells me it is, my heart reminds me that art is a personal enigmatic experience. Who am I to force creative expression?
While I don’t yet know the answer to our artistic riddle, it gives me great pride to share his latest creations from spring and summer.
I’d love to know your thoughts. Should parents force their kids to develop personal talents?
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