Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Craft Time Builds Connections

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Craft Time Builds Connections

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From Easter hats to baskets and painted eggs - there's no getting away from it - Easter is craft time.

For many mums it can be something they dread because craft means mess which equals more work, so many choose to avoid it all together but are then hit with 'craft guilt'.

"From my years working with mums and kids, I have seen so many mums suffer from craft guilt whereby they're torn with spending joyous hours crafting with their child and therefore being a 'good mum' but time and mess play such a huge factor that they avoid it altogether and then guilt rears its ugly head," says clinical psychologist and parenting specialist, Renee Mill.

Renee says the rise in technology also has a part to play as it has placed a focus on 'learning' rather than creative pursuits and family time.

"Self-directed, creative play is way more beneficial to a child's development," she says.

When a child plays in this way - with craft at home for example - they have the opportunities to practise and succeed in different skills that they can't do when it's not self-directed play. …

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