As new sewing projects continue in our home, I am made aware of the benefits that can only come from working with your hands. It starts with learning to take flat pieces of material and work with them until they come together to make a 3-dimensional finished product. Sometimes there is a pattern, sometimes not. These projects not only have purpose, but are full of love and care.
Benefits come with all crafts, not just sewing. What has surprised me the most are the changes in character that have been specifically enhanced by early sewing experiences.
As you teach your child to sew, or learn yourself, you will begin to see these same benefits gradually take shape:
1.) Try New Things and Use Imagination~ We gain a sense of what perseverance is all about by trying something new or difficult. Creative challenges are mentally invigorating and expand the mind.
2.) Mistakes are OK ~
I love the story of Thomas Edison. When asked by a reporter, “How long did it take for you to invent the light bulb?”, he stated, “I did 1000 experiments before I invented it”. The reporter responded, “It is amazing you continued on. Wasn’t that discouraging?” Thomas Edison answered, “Of course not – I learned 999 times how not to make it”! So instead of having an attitude of “I can’t” when things go wrong, we say “Let’s keep trying”!
3.) Perseverance and Confidence ~
With each completed project, perseverance and confidence grow. It is a circular thing, growing with each little success, readying you to tackle more complexity.
4.) Help and Encourage Others ~ that Young Homemaker In Training You take joy in sharing what you know and help others to learn the same skills. An example would be to teach a younger girl to knit, casting on stitches and showing her how to knit rows. The process helps to mature us in our ability to transfer our knowledge into words.
Growth in a child is a long process of early training.
My deep love and reverence for my children has grown after many, many years of working and playing and creating alongside them–sometimes because I truly loved and enjoyed them – and other times purely out of faith.
But, as I have said before, as in a garden, whatever you water and nourish the most is what will flourish. If you water the garden of life-giving and beauty, work and play, family and relationships, all bound together with love for the Lord, it will grow and flourish–it is a long-term work.
May the days and years of work alongside your daughters (and sons) in sewing and craft projects be delightful times of learning and growing together. You will all reap the multiple benefits!
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” ~1 Thessalonians 4: 11-12
Thanks for reading!