"That went really well!"
Something I didn't think I would be able to say when Gareth and Rhys said they wanted to learn how to cross-stitch.
A bit of backstory: I have a cross-stitch project that has been in the works for the last 10 years (I know, I know, classic Nancy). I started working on it again after a friend of mine was over and I showed it to her. The boys have been watching me work on it. They both expressed interest in learning how to cross-stitch. Gareth had a beginner kit sitting from a while ago and I picked one up for Rhys while I was out today.
Jump forward in time: The boys came home from school today and Rhys spotted the kit I picked up for him. "Can I start it now mum?!" Internal battle - wanting him to learn but fear of not having the patience to teach. "Sure bud, I'll show you." Gareth pipes up "Can I start mine too?" After showing them how to set up a brand new project we got to the actual stitching... *dun dun duuuun*
Thank goodness the boys have decent fine motor skills. We managed to get them both started on their projects and got quite a bit done (in my opinion for a first sitting). There was some frustration on their parts, there always is when learning a new skill, but they kept plugging away at it and got better with each stitch. After about 45 minutes of work, they both decided to take a break. "It's like a book or Netflix, it has a pause button."
I spent 45 minutes teaching the boys a new (and not easy) skill and didn't lose my temper once! This is an achievement for me! I have been working hard in the last 3 months at being more patient with the boys (more on that story in another post), it looks like my work is paying off :-D
I will post pictures of their finished projects when they are done! Considering Rhys told me he wants to do more tonight, I don't think it will take too long ;-D