Is it ok for my son to draw?

Juliane Tan - posted on 05/30/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi, i have an 8yo boy and he loves to draw. Unfortunately his dad does not encourage him to do so as it is a waste of time. He is better off learning his time tables and practice some maths problems. Some of my friends told me that i should allow him to do it. What should i do?

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Dove - posted on 05/30/2012

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Seriously?! No offense, but his dad is being an idiot. Drawing is no more of a waste of time than video games, movies, tv shows, and countless other ways people waste their time and drawing is WAY better than any of those things since it encourages creativity... especially if he has a talent for it.

Now, if he is drawing INSTEAD of doing homework... that's when you need to set up boundaries, but when the work is done... have at it.

Kaitlin - posted on 05/30/2012

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are you kidding? Nurturing your child's creativity is vital at this age! If his father is so against wasting his time, set aside some dedicated time (after homework? after chores?) each night/day that he can be creative. Does he watch tv? Turn that off and give that time to arts.

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Krista - posted on 05/30/2012

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Oh for pete's sakes. As long as the child has his schoolwork done, then why should he not be allowed to draw in his free time? His dad DOES allow him free time, right? Let the boy draw! Numerous studies have shown that creative pursuits actually aid in brain development in children.

Vicki - posted on 05/30/2012

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If he's got maths homework that needs to be done then I guess it needs to be done. Over and above set homework he should do what inspires him. If drawing inspires him more than times tables (understandable!) then he should be drawing! His Dad should be encouraging his creativity not trying to stifle it.

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