Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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Sometimes your children surprise you, I mean really surprise you.


While I was working on some dolls I asked Leila what she would like to do while I sewed. Would you like to draw, or paste, make something with play doh? I want to sew mummy, was her reply. She's only 3, so my first thoughts were that she was too young, but I resisted and went to get some hessian. That didn't cut it. I want proper sewing material mum. We compromised with felt.


I kid you not, although she's clearly seen me sewing often, this is the first time she's ever sewn, ever! The needle was not a blunt one, but she didn't prick herself once. She didn't get the thread tangled over the side once. She went front to back in a very relaxed manner.


She helped herself to the beads and sewed them on, alone. She picked out the buttons and sewed them on without instruction. This is all her. Can you tell that I'm gushing?

So, children can surprise you. I, or perhaps more collectively we, tend to make assumptions about what a child can do, but if you don't give them the chance to try, you won't know what they're truly capable of.


And did I mention that she's only 3 1/2!

9 comments:

Kiki said...

So, so, so fantastic! She's way better than me, seriously! How about that look in the last image, I've seen that on my 3.5yo before.. :)

Sandy said...

how diligent she is! how wonderful for you!

Susan Williams said...

Wow Wonderful Great Aunty Susan is very proud!!!!!

CC said...

Very true and so cute. I love the looks of concentration you captured.

Bec said...

haha Love that last picture of her!! My 3 year old also loves sewing one of which we made a chushion/cuddle pillow from. Check it out on my blog if you like, your daughters looks lovely!

handmade romance said...

OH this is such a wonderful post. i can understand the gushing! these pictures are fantastic too, shes clearly into what shes doing and the last pic is super cute!! xxx

Christelle said...

Adorable, I'm not even able to hold the needle -)

Lillabilly said...

What a beautiful creation! I agree that sometimes we don't give children a chance to try things out or to take what we perceive as "risks" when they are really quite capable. It's times like this that remind us we are not here to control our children but to support and guide them to fulfil their potential. Well done for giving your little one the chance to shine - she did a fabulous job and you have every right to be a proud mama! Oh, and also, that last photo is just delightful!!

two little buttons said...

wow, that's so cool, well done she has done a really great job. its amazing when they just get something and she has done a wonderful job,