If The Shoe Fits

There is a stereotype out there about kids and how they behave compared to their birth order.

In short, the oldest is well behaved and responsible, the middle is the wild child and the youngest does whatever they like and gets away with it.

Yesterday the girls were painting. Ivy had seen an idea on Pinterest and was carefully recreating it while adding her own spin. She carefully drew and painted with heavy concentration and worried over how to improve her canvas.

Clara is into abstract art. The more paint the better. Yesterday’s creations involved putting copious amounts of paint on a canvas and then smashing the canvas into a piece of cardboard to spread the paint. Anything that didn’t turn out quite right she happily applied more gobs of paint until it was “awesome” again.

Jane sat on the other end of the table playing a computer game.

After about an hour of careful drawing, paint smashing and computer key clicking. Jane looked up, complimented one of the pieces and asked if she could have it to give to her teacher.

It’s not that I’m trying to stereotype my own children – but if the shoe fits…

7 comments on “If The Shoe Fits

  1. barbtaub says:

    So funny. And so true!

  2. Sharon jacobson says:

    2 budding artists and I “techie”

  3. I’m the oldest in our family. I’m also the black sheep!

  4. Children are such fascinating creatures, I could watch them for hours…

  5. Good to be reading your posts again, Jessie.

  6. Widdershins says:

    Heh, stereotypes had to start somewhere. 😀

  7. Ali R says:

    Wow, what a beautiful reflection with examples of how we are all so unique and can support that!

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