Thursday, February 23, 2012

Quote of the day

(Photo from Free Public Domain Photos)

Here's one especially for parents and grandparents of younger children.  Some years ago I had one of those page-a-day calendars -- a variation that was written especially for parents, with an encouraging quote and Scripture verse on each page.  I liked some of the quotes well enough to save the little pages.  Now I'm decluttering, and thought I would share the quote and toss the page at last.  Here it is:

"Many children discover their life's work through creative, playful activities.  As parents of future Thomas Edisons, this means we need to give up our dreams of winning the House Beautiful award.  Inventive pursuits often produce creative messes."  -- Kathy Peel and Joy Mahaffey

This is so true.  When my kids were young, I'm afraid our house was not always the neatest.  I kept art and craft supplies and all sorts of interesting bits and pieces around for them to create with.  It wasn't always neat, but they learned valuable lessons about creativity and had a lot of fun.  My house is usually a bit more orderly these days, but my grandkids know just where to find the art supplies!


  1. Thank you for the wonderful encouragement--both in the purging of paper clutter and in the reminder to allow meaningful creative "messes"! Had to laugh especially with the "Edisons" comment because the girls made an electrical circuit and lit a lightbulb with my husband this morning (it's his day off)!!

  2. Oh my, isn't that funny that I should post this quote today of all days with your girls' electrical circuit project! (Is that what one would call a "lightbulb moment"?)

  3. What a great quote Mrs.T!I just left a comment on another blog yesterday about this very thing!!So often we as moms get so caught up in thinking that everything must be kept to a certain degree of clean.One day my house will be clean(or at least cleaner)but I will surely MISS these days as they are what I live for right now.:)Tonight my kids assembled a gingerbread house and LOVED every minute of it!!!

  4. Thank you for this quote. We have a built in hutch in our dining room and use one of the drawers as an "art drawer" to hold crayons, paper, paints, playdoh, etc.

  5. Hi Nikki and Elisha --

    So nice to see you both here! I'm glad you are both the kind of mom who makes plenty of time for creative play and fun! Glad too that the quote encouraged you. It did me; even though my kids are grown, I do have grandchildren who love to be creative, and I'm glad that some of them live close enough that they can be creative at my house!

    Thanks for sharing, and I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!


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