'Tis the season... for getting stressed out while doing kids' crafts! Here's 12 realistic ways to get over the mess and hassle (from a homeschool mom of four) Vibrant Homeschooling

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  1. Hi Kristi! Good words here… “taking a step back” is a great way to put it. 🙂 I agree that a newspaper, paper grocery bag or vinyl tablecloth (Dollar Store, hello!) is an invaluable investment in everyone’s sanity. And you’re right–messiness is a HUGE part of the fun for them!

  2. This is all so true. I learned pretty quickly I needed to take a step back during craft time so I wasn’t infringing on the enjoyment of it. Laying down newspaper or a vinyl tablecloth liner has been a huge sanity saver too! We forget that messiness (for the kids at least) is a big part of the fun. 🙂

  3. I know, I totally hear you! It’s such a balance, isn’t it?! I’m in a big purging cycle right now (which is a whole other post!) but I’m feeling peace about letting go and letting those crafting/learning moments happen. 🙂

  4. This is great! On the week-eve of our Christmas break from school, I’m a bit more excited to embrace the mommy-don’t-throw-that -away -I -need-it-for-a-craft moment. And all 700 thereafter! I don’t usually plan crafts, however they are thrust upon me as my little visionaries see telescopes and homes for Olaf while I’m trying to do my “own thing” and purge. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. I loved this post! I remember years ago sitting down and doing specific craft projects with my kids, a few more kids and years later and I can’t even remember the last time that has happened.

    I have been working on making peace with the mess and letting them craft on their own most days. They love it and it is much less stressful for me!

  6. Sarah, I’m right there with you! These are all things I have to remind myself of when we pull out the crafts! I appreciate the sharing! 🙂

  7. Oh I need to work on lowering my expectations and being ok with the mess! I just need to realize these times are precious and be thankful for our time together. Thanks for these fabulous ideas! Sharing this today!

  8. This post made me laugh! And gulp guiltily. What a great collection of 12 ways/reminders about the elusive perfect crafting time.

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