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Kids And Hobbies: Allowing Your Child To Find His Way In The World

Screen shot 2013-05-21 at 2.29.37 PMJD has a new hobby that I kinda love. At first, I thought it to be a phase and kinda… weird/OCD-ish. It seems to have manifested into a labor of love. I’m beaming! My kid copies children books page-by-page, image-by-image.

(That main image there was the result of me saying, “Let’s go for a walk!” after we ate dinner last night. “I’m working, MA!” he said.)

As a little girl I took dance classes, I was a cheerleader and a Girl Scout, I loved art, reading, writing and walks with my Golden Retriever, Brandy. My parents never pushed me to do something I didn’t truly want to engage in, they supported the things I loved. Even though they were weary when I declared I was going to art school for college, they sent me off. Now I’m a starving artist, JK.

JD has always loved being read to and he reads aloud to me now. I find his new love of copying books really inspiring. It requires patience, skill, determination, creativity …

He draws what he sees. And writes what he reads. All on a medium-size drawing pad. Each page in the book has a page to itself in his “work.” His drawings are wonderful and bright. His handwriting gets better everyday. It’s the dedication, passion, and sheer willingness to do these projects on his own that really gets me in the heart. This was his idea!

JD knows I wrote a book and this morning when he was working on one of his projects, I pulled it out. He fanned through the pages.

“Did you write all these words, mommy?” he asked.

“I did,” I said, turning the book over and showing him our picture on the back cover.

“Wow!” he said.

I didn’t say, maybe you’ll be a writer one day, I just sat back and watched him at work. At 6:15 AM in the morning before a full day of school.

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What types of off the chart projects are your kids into?

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