Raising an artistic daughter - FamilyEducation

The Artist or Crafts Enthusiast

Encourage your artsy daughter in her creative pursuits. Your community and her school can be excellent resources.

Not every girl likes chasing after a ball or cycling her heart out. Many enjoy various forms of arts or crafts activities. They may be content to sit in the den and doodle, sketch, or write. Or they fashion objects out of Play-Doh, or stitch together a new outfit for their stuffed toys. Their hobby occupies them and brings them joy. Girls with this wonderful ability to entertain themselves are easy to satisfy. Paper and crayons are easy to come by. Modeling clay and cloth remnants cost almost nothing. All you need to do is give your young artist or crafts enthusiast a corner in your house as a hobby station, and she is in business.

She's Got Talent

Art as a subject is taught in most schools, often from the middle grades on up. Some schools also hold monthly art exhibits. Others schedule performances where your artistic daughter can read her poetry or show off her blossoming acting talent or the props she painted for the drama club. If your girl's school is underfunded in the art department, check out the art center in your community. Research the best after-school programs for your creative daughter and her interests. The wonderful thing about having a daughter who is talented in arts and crafts is that she is never bored.

Very Crafty

Your arts and crafts-oriented girl can always find something enjoyable and useful to do. Just giving her a box of buttons, pieces of different colored ribbons, construction paper, and glue can get her started. Before long she will be able to:

  • Design and print greeting cards for the family.
  • Update her old T-shirts with velvet cutouts and sparkles.
  • Dash off a short story and illustrate it for the kindergarten class in her school.

To know that you are raising such a productive and self-sufficient girl who has a wealth of creative talent is a special joy.