And that’s okay.
Step away from the craft glue. That’s right, put it down, and move away.
There’s something very wrong with this picture – and I don’t mean the giant collage you’ve been frantically sticking bits of crepe paper on to.
Here’s the problem: the kids are nowhere to be seen. They got bored, and wondered off to watch TV. This means three things:
ONE: You’ll feel obliged to finish off the project yourself to prove it was worth it,
TWO: It will take you much, much longer to clean everything up than it did to do the activity, and,
THREE: The kids will NOT appreciate your efforts.
I don’t know why you do it to yourself. Because I know your secret: you hate craft. And all the fiddly bits of sequins, paddle pop sticks and felt that goes with it. You hate that it's such a huge hassle, makes a massive mess and always turns out a bit shit.
No, that’s it. I’m calling it: CRAFT IS BORING. Furthermore: YOU AREN’T ANY GOOD AT IT.
Repeat after me: craft is for day-care. That’s what you pay them money for, right? And the same goes for painting. There is no sense putting out the easel, paper and paints, only for your kids to paint their feet when you’re not watching and laugh as they run around making painty foot prints. On the carpet.
You are not a Craft Mum. Let it go.
And while we’re at it, here’s a couple of other things you’re not.
You are not a Baking Mum. Baking Mums do not cry while making cookies from a box mix. It’s not meant to be difficult. So here’s the thing: if it’s hard, stop doing it. Repeat after me: cookies come from Woolworths.