When I was 2 years old, I got the beating of my life for writing on the walls with a crayon (or so I’ve been told). To make matters worse, the beating didn’t even come from someone who lived in my house. It came from a visiting relative. Shameful. I couldn’t even imagine such a thing happening in my home today.
Now I am a parent and my kids are the ones writing on the walls. So what do I? I let them. Don’t get me wrong I try to get them to do it on paper, but if they write on the walls I don’t make a big deal about it.
To me they are expressing themselves and that’s important. They are also practicing their fine motor skills and that’s also important. That’s not to say that I don’t believe in kids having rules because I do. That said, I want my kids to grow up and be creative in their thinking. I also want them to grow up feeling empowered in their own home and in the world. So scribble away kiddies. Scribble, scribble, scribble!