Coming closer: Bonding through crafts

Coming closer: Bonding through crafts

As I sit crocheting every day, my two-year-old daughter just can’t resist having a look at what I am doing, and even trying it herself. She climbs up into my lap if she is allowed, or sits nearby and does her best to imitate Mommy with a ball of yarn and a crochet hook! I love those moments, because I feel that bond between us pull tighter just then. I feel so tender looking at her serious little face and her efforts to copy Mommy.

Crafts are great as bonding activities. We are all so busy in our lives that to share a craft and work together with our little ones creates that little oasis of peace where we can communicate on another non-verbal level. Crocheting is great for promoting the ability to remain calm and patient. Plus there’s the in-built necessity to focus while you’re working. Just looking at my toddler sitting so quietly beside me and making the effort to copy my movements is deeply moving and joyful for me. It’s also humbling when I realize this is so tough for little ones to achieve.

If you don’t crochet, there are a lot of other crafts that would get your children all excited. You could try scrap booking, or knitting, or painting and coloring, or making little things like their own personalized shoelaces and barrettes. If not, there’s nothing like getting down and dirty. Try more ‘messy’ crafts like gardening, or pottery, or cookery, and your kids are sure to get a zing out of the experience!

I just wanted to share some of my thoughts today about the value of crafts – values that are not always obvious. If you have had similar experiences and would like to share them with others, I would love hearing about them and maybe post them on this site. So do email me with your thoughts.

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