The Next Person Who Buys My Children Crafts Will Get Held Hostage Until They Do The Craft With Them

My oldest daughter, Sierra, LOVES to do crafts. Colouring, card making, cutting, gluing, scrapbooking… She loves it all! Unfortunately though, at 5 years old she still needs a substantial amount of supervision and assistance when she’s crafting. Guess who gets to be the lucky person to help her? Yep me. In between cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, exercising, blogging, working full time and gestating a third child, I get to help her with all of the crafts people buy her. Apparently at birthdays and Christmas it’s no secret that Sierra LOVES crafts, ’cause she gets a lot of them to do.

Her most recent craft gift is a My Friendship Bracelet Maker:

My Friendship Bracelet Maker

Pretty cool, right? Unfortunately making friendship bracelets isn’t easy – even with a nifty board to hold the strings in place (when I was a teenager I tied the strings to my thigh to hold them in place). The other caveat to making these is that it takes a long time – it’s not like you can whip one out in 30 min. Much as Sierra loves crafts, 2-3 hrs for a bracelet is a little outta her patience level. So, being the nice mom that I am, I promised her that I would make her a bracelet… Then Brooke asked for one too…

For the past day all I’ve heard is, “Mommmmm…. When will my bracelet be finished?” or “Mommmmm… why aren’t you making my bracelet?”.

As soon as I woke up this morning Sierra asked for her bracelet. Three times before I even had my morning coffee, she nagged me to start working on it…

I finally finished it this afternoon and she’s happier than a pig in sh*t. Now Brooke has begun the nagging (though thankfully, at 3 years old her memory is shorter and she doesn’t nag near as much).

Brooke's bracelet - in progress

There’s now a new rule in my house (hey, it’s my house and I can make rules whenever I feel like it!):
The next person that buys my kids any sort of craft set is going to be held hostage at my house until they complete the craft with the kids!

Actually – I’m making some more rules (because I’m in a rule-making mood): if you buy my kids anything that requires adult assembly YOU NEED TO ASSEMBLE IT FOR THEM! And batteries? Please make sure you buy some to go with the toy. Thanks!

5 thoughts on “The Next Person Who Buys My Children Crafts Will Get Held Hostage Until They Do The Craft With Them

  1. 😕

    I should have known better but I did promise Sierra that I would be buying her a crafty item. I hope this doesn’t mean that you don’t want me to give her the scrapbookalbum I got her for Christmas. I promise to do at least 2 pages with her.

  2. My daughter loves crafts of all kinds! I do myself so I try and get her gifts will both will enjoy. Sadly, so much of what is out there today is junk! It’s hard to find quality crafts for kids. i usually put together my own.

  3. Can I make that stipulation for me too? I love crafting! I am always getting “gifts” that people want me to turn into something for them! I have a craft room, come over and we can do it together! Stop giving me things to get me to give it back to you once I have created a masterpiece!

    And the LEGO sets…3,000 piece sets should never be given to 6 year olds! They don’t have the patience for that! I don’t want to put together any more Atlantis, Star Wars or Racer sets for my kid to have them taken apart as soon as I turn my back! If it takes me 8 hours, how long do you think it would have taken a 6 year old? Really?

    I’m right there with you sister!

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