When Life Imitates Art – A Child’s Doodle and Mother’s Letting Go

Those things you hold so dear cannot change and grow and expand unless you loosen your grip on them a little.  In sharing my artwork and allowing our daughter to be an equal in our collaborations, I helped solidify her confidence, which is way more precious than any doodle I could have done.  In her mind, her contributions were as valid as mine (and in truth, they really were).  Most importantly, I learned that if you have a preconceived notion of how something should be, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE DISAPPOINTED.  Instead, just go with it, just ACCEPT it, because usually something even more wonderful will come out of it.

I couldn’t help thinking about couples work when I read this.  And it keeps me humble as a couples therapist.

Enjoy the article.  The artwork is fascinating!

http://busymockingbird.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/collaborating-with-a-4-year-old/

About the Author Dr. K

Dr. K is the President and CEO of Couples Therapy Inc. She maintains her Intensive Couples Therapy practice on the edge of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts.

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