Parenting is hard work sometimes...it is being faithful to your children when you'd rather read a book, or blog, or any number of things. It is loving them enough to help them to see their hearts and what it at the root of their discontent or their choices. We have been going through a season with a few of the younger members of our family. They are in prime training years, so I am not surprised but I am lazy all too often and I want my life to be easy, and not have to deal with bickering children.
That is why days like yesterday are such a joy, I got to have fun with my young daughter! Sarah is learning to sew and used the machine for the first time yesterday!
She was so pleased with herself and kept saying "I cannot believe I am doing this!" You have to know her to fully understand it, but she is a bit OCD (my diagnosis) and she is a perfectionist. She wants to learn things but wants to be able to do it perfectly the first time! This leads to frustration with educational things as well as things like sewing.
She did really well yesterday - She is helping me make a doll outfit. It has a top and a skirt - I made the top and she is helping with the skirt. Rachel is making an outfit too, but she has had some sewing machine experience! I tell you what - if you can sew these tiny little outfits you can learn to sew your own clothes! They are just as detailed as people clothes!
I love for my children to be busy during the day with real things, and learning to sew is perfect for this. I think it also allows for character training; patience, diligence, not getting angry...
I'll be sure to show you the outfits when they are done!
Linking to Trish at Lily-Rose Cottage for L.A.C.E.
and Raising Homemakers.