When my boys were very little, they loved to write on everything besides the paper I provided them with. No matter how many times I stressed to them that we only write on paper, I would find stray marker scribbles on the wall. I remember speaking to many parents and discovering that I was not the only one with this issue. Different parents came from different schools of thought. There was the parent that refused to give their children writing utensils while they were in the house. Those parents left writing opportunities for mommy and me classes, and the mess could be avoided at home. Then there was the mom far on the other end of the spectrum, who just threw her hands up, saying “Who cares if they write on the walls. We will just cover it with paint…one day”. I’ve actually visited that mom’s home and literally, there was art on the actual walls like the living room was one big canvas. Then of course, there was the mom right in the middle of the spectrum who purchased an easel and was committed to repeatedly reminding her child to only draw on the paper.
While there is nothing wrong with any of these approaches, I decided to add another option to the list for my boys. I decided that two can play this game.
If it was going to be inevitable that they write on the walls, then I was going to make sure that the walls were covered with paper. This way, we both win.
I purchased a big roll of butcher paper which can be found at an art store or even a hardware store. Then in the hallway of our apartment, I taped a long sheet of paper on each side of the wall. So there was 6 feet of paper to the left and to right of us when we walked down the hall. Then I placed all crayons and markers in a bucket on the floor and let the boys go to work. They absolutely loved it!! I also had an appreciation for their art work, which is why I left the papers hanging in the hall for a week or two at a time. Also, I found that they would come back to the papers throughout the week and add to it. There was so much paper for them to cover, it always kept them busy.
Clean up was easy as pie. When we were going to have adult company that we actually wanted to impress (yeah right), we would simply peel the paper off the walls, roll it up and put it to the side and Viola!! Clean walls.
Happy Children, Happy Mom.
Talk to you soon!
Share with me: What battles have you given up fighting with your children and just decided to meet them halfway?