Memory Box 17/6/13



Both my boys have always struggled with their handwriting and in turn they lack confidence in colouring and drawing as well. Both have come on leaps and bounds in the last year, good teachers have really helped,  and after I bought them both some new colouring pencils and a little sketch book each at Easter, they have taken to creating art work more readily. Tink now enjoys drawing but has still been a little reluctant to colour. For him if it can’t be perfect then he’s failed at it.

So it was with some surprise to me that he eagerly entered a colouring in competition last week, held by a local gift shop that he very much likes. Spurred on by the possible £10 voucher to spend in said shop he sat down for almost two hours and coloured a very detailed picture of superman, as you can see above. He did a great job, and was very pleased with his own efforts as was I. We’ve handed it in and it was placed in the shop window with other entries. I know he’s keen to have that voucher but to me he’s a winner already, we’ll just have to wait and see..

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  1. claire June 17, 2013 / 10:48 am

    Beautiful! My big girl is the same, so every time she sits and actually does somethiing for more than 3-4 minutes, its a great acheivment!

    Well done to your boy :)

    • thepuffindiaries June 17, 2013 / 12:12 pm

      Yes the concentration was an achievement on it’s own. x

  2. meggy2 June 17, 2013 / 11:30 am

    Well done Tink, I can see he worked hard at that!
    My two boys especially my eldest struggle with writing and drawing as well. It must be so discouraging for them to see what other kids in his class produce, when Pup for one can barely write legibly. The school do give extra support, but never enough. :(

    • thepuffindiaries June 17, 2013 / 12:12 pm

      I think they do compare their work and it just feeds their low self esteem. It has taken a long time for them both to progress significantly and I can honestly say that the teachers they’ve both had this year have been the most encouraging and supportive and has made a huge difference. Hope Pup gets there too. x

  3. Honeymummy June 17, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    Well done Tink, such a great achievement.
    Buzzbee struggles with writing and is such a perfectionist that he avoids colouring or drawing as much as possible for fear that if he tried it someone would tell him it was ‘rubbish’.
    My friends can’t understand why I keep ever little piece of paper that he has doodled on or attempted to write something on. I know they believe I am just being a hoarder but every tiny piece of paper to me is a precious sign that he hasn’t given up trying

    • thepuffindiaries June 17, 2013 / 4:56 pm

      That’s so lovely, I have a draw full of bits of scribble too. It’s so awful when you hear your child say that they are rubbish at something, self esteem can be so fragile so I understand keeping every little effort. Thanks for commenting. x

  4. amanda boorman June 17, 2013 / 5:39 pm

    Lovely memory….I love our chldrens writings and art. But never mind Superman….you are Supermum!!!! xxxxx

  5. Lindsay June 18, 2013 / 4:40 pm

    Way to go Tink!
    It’s so amazing the difference a great teacher can make. I think sometimes they forget how much of an influence they can have on a child’s life. Hope he wins and gets a big boost of confidence:)

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