Kids love to draw.
Some kids, like mine, love to draw so much that they could careless where they do it.
Beautiful isn’t it?
One of the hardest things I have been through with Isla and Sarah is this stage of just drawing in furniture and walls. Which believe it or not, they didn’t start doing until it was mentioned that my husband’s niece did it. So they in turn started.
Of course it was very, very, very short-lived, as we made sure they knew that this wouldn’t be tolerated in any shape or form.
This was one of those moments that put all of my talk of positive parenting into practice. Does she walk the walk? Or is she all talk?
I walk it. The 100% full proof method to removing crayon and getting your kids to stop drawing on the walls and furniture is this:
Make them clean it up.
Yes, grab a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, hand it to them, and put your little budding Picasso’s to work.
That’s all there is to it. They didn’t enjoy it, at first they did. But after ten minutes, they hated it.
My husband and I sat right next to the girls bed, as they cleaned up their mess, and we talked to them about why they shouldn’t do this.
Four months later it hasn’t been an issue for us ever again.
Don’t overthink it.
Don’t fuss or yell.
They made the mess. They can clean it up.
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.