My 2 year old has a new obsession...coloring. It's fine, he scribbles with his crayons on all the paper that I give him then brings everyone pictures to hang up. He brings them to the grandma's, aunts, and anyone that will take one. He gets so proud. I have to say I am proud of him, he has only colored on the walls once and its nothing my magic eraser cant handle. (gosh i love that thing) Well, his new thing is coloring his toys. I have to keep repeating myself "stop coloring on your toys!" After I say that he gets all mad and yells at me and continues to color on his toys...its a fight that is never ending. As I sit here and think to myself...is he really doing any harm by coloring his own toys? I mean, he isn't coloring the walls...he isn't coloring anything that is mine...he is coloring his plastic toys, and if I really wanted, I could clean them off with my handy dandy magic eraser that I love dearly. Seriously moms, are they doing anything wrong? I know we have to teach our kids to respect the stuff they have and I wouldn't want him coloring his bed or anything like that...but TOYS...is it that bad? I caught him coloring his one plastic car yesterday and I told him to stop and he said "mama painting." So in his little mind he was painting the car a different color. I do not know what to do. Of course I do not want him to grow up thinking he can "paint" on things, so do I stop it now or do I just let him go? Then what if I let him go then he goes to someones house and does this and gets in trouble. I also do not want his toys to look all jacked up...but then again, who cares if they do?
Why is the choices of how we parent so hard sometimes. I mean, this simple "to color or not to color" is so simple yet so hard?