I hate crafts. There, I said it. I hate crafts. I know that's blasphemy, especially for a stay at home mom. After all, isn't it our job to keep the kids entertained with pipe cleaners and paints and Play-Doh and anything else that can't be easily gotten out of carpet?
I recall when my daughter was small and trying to learn to use her little hands. One mother suggested I let her play with finger paints at the kitchen table to help develop her dexterity. I said "Sure, maybe," but I didn't. There was no way I was going to let any kid put her fingers in paint in my house.
Ditto for modeling clay. I'm sure somewhere someone has written a book detailing how to get clay out of carpet, but as far as I'm concerned, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cleaning tips.
Hal Hutchison, M.Ed.
Hal Wofford Hutchison, M.Ed., is a former columnist, writer and editor for the Arkansas Democrat and the Arkansas Gazette newspapers. She has also been a secondary educator, and a university counselor and administrator. She lives in Little Rock, Ark., with her husband of 23 years and their daughter.