By Ellen (aka Shrubio)

My daughter Ellen has her own blog now. She gave me permission to reblog this post about parental help gone awry and how it feels to lose ownership of your work. In her own words…


Heyo! Tis Shrubio. I’m am gonna talk about control. If you ever make a model for school or for some graded assignment else where, then you get the chance to make something. YOU. Not your parent, not your sibling but YOU. I don’t know if you have gone through this, but I sure have. You get the assignment directions from your teacher and you bring them home. When you get started, maybe you don’t know how to cut out the shape you want of wood or foam board so you ask your parent for some instruction on how to cut it out. First you ask about the cutting it out, then when it’s cut, you may get some comments from your parent on how to make it better. They take over. They get out all of these complex tools and start working. Suddenly you’re just sitting there watching your project…

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