Mornings are a great start to the day!
Give your little one something to look forward to towards the end of the day.
It could be a drawing, it could be food, it could be anything, but it has to be something!
Something has to give to be able to able to give your little one patience, and foresight to be able to look forward to something towards the end of the day. This will practice their patience, and give their day a good boost!
I personally like to start a few drawings after my little one goes to bed, and then have a fall back plan! It’s difficult to be able to follow through on every word that we say, but it’s much easier when the work is already cut out for us!
So I make a few drawings, then invite my daughter to join me in those drawings later that night, so then I would be able to keep my promise, as I already made the drawing, and she can just enjoy the drawing, or pick up right where I started!
I like to draw on large paper, so as to give as many possibilities as possible to my little one.
I draw something small, in the very center of the page, either a character, a house, a face, a fence, an animal, something, and sometimes I leave it unfinished, so my daughter can complete it, or modify it the way she sees fit.
I personally love adding drawings to our mix of activities, because it gives me an insight on what she is thinking, and drawing gives a clear evolution of hand eye coordination, with intent. Her intentions and emotions are clear as she is completing the drawing, either by taking her time, drawing fast, hitting the page with the pencils, or being distracted by searching for pencils always and having something on her mind.
Great conversations come from her focusing on the drawing, and me simply being present. It allows for a fluid and natural conversation to occur.
Enjoy your drawing time, as I do!