You know the feeling when you are in the grocery store and all the kids are screaming that high pitch decibel that makes you want to pull what is left of you postpartum hair out? Well that is what it is like when it comes to making those cute hand print crafts I pin on pinterest for my kids. I mean seriously, how cute is the flamingo hand print from Glued To My Crafts?? I have tried time and time again to re-create these “timeless” gifts for the relatives only to be smeared in paint and the kids laughing. But of course another holiday rolls around and I think to myself, “Wouldn’t it be cute to make ANOTHER hand print picture? Maybe an alligator, maybe a giraffe, or if we are even the slightest bit lucky a stinking handprint for once.
Don’t my kids know how darling they are to send to relatives? Don’t they know i have pinned hundreds of ideas for each holiday, every animal, and for every occasion in between? Well Negotiating with a tiny toddler is not the easiest of tasks. It can be somewhat tricky. For those still trying to figure out how it is done (at least in our home) here is my simple go to guide….HA
- List of Demands
Toddlers can be demanding. Like downright scream in your face demanding. Even if you are the mom, they yell like you were some other kid on the play ground at times. Well with every hostile take over there is bound to be a “list of demands”. It is no different when dealing with a toddler. Keep the list handy at all times and you should be set! The list of toddler demands may include but are not limited to:
- Gummy Snacks
- Favorite Movie
- Favorite Toy
You get the picture…
2.Put paint on the plate. (we recently made these PAINT PALLETS out of cardboard paper that the kids loved!)
Entice the child to sit on the chair and watch mom put the paint on the plate. It may help to say things like, “oooh pretty colors, we want to play with the pretty colors.”
3. Mix the colors
Have the child take a paint brush and mix the colors around. Not willing to mix the colors? Well this is where pulling out a few of the things from step one might help you out.
4. Ask the child to “play in the paint and show mommy how to paint a pretty picture.”
If there is resistance like there may be, take immediate action.
Disclaimer: if immediate action is not take seriously, an outbreak of war between a desperate mom and tot will result only in tears (both parties), paint smeared ONLY on you and a giant mess to clean. Meaning, “no cute handprints to send to grandma.”
5. Quick Response
Gain control of the resisting target
Press hand firmly into the pile of pain and quickly rub back and forth
Child will become angered and try to flee the area in as many ways possible–Don’t give in!
“Gently guide” child’s hand onto the multiple parts of the paper. When I say “gently” I really mean, “Momma you grab that hand as fast as you can and squish it as many times possible before they escape!”
You may by this point be breaking a sweat during the struggle (don’t worry this will count as your workout for the day). Tears may be flowing, screaming may be getting louder and paint may be in all directions, but for goodness sake, “STAY IN THE ZONE WOMAN!”
It may help to repeat these words while pressing hand onto paper, “Make craft as seen on pinsetters, make craft as seen on Pinterest.”
If by chance the final image came out somewhat resembling a hand print, then celebrate. Your relative will never know the struggle it took to get that. Also, if your kids are like mine and later realize they ACTUALLY like playing in paint...Then just take a moment mama and cry. You earned it.