Adults must be accompanied by a child

Here is an art therapy exercise that I learned years ago which is FABULOUS to do with your little one. It only takes 5-10 minutes, but can have a profound effect of your child feeling seen and mirrored:

  • 1.Get a piece of paper and drawing stuff (markers, crayons, pastels, whatever you have).
  • 2. Divide the paper in half.
  • 3. Sit across from your child  with half the paper in front of you and half the paper in front of them.
  • 4. Mirror draw everything that they draw on their side on your side as they draw it. If you are a “good” drawer and want to level the playing field, use your nondominant hand.

Do Not comment (“I really like those scribbles/sun/house”), draw something else, judge (“This is BAD ART,” “I suck at creativity”), or interpret (“My child is a genius”).

Just mirror and be in their world for a few minutes. Don’t worry about what it means. Just be a mirror. Reflect their light back to them.

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“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”

-Antoine de Saint Exupery, The Little Prince

 

 

 

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