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Back-to-school art work: 5 steps in right direction

August 5, 2012
By Shikha Pasrija , Times-Republican

Summer vacation is almost over. Stores are so filled with back-to-school supplies, clothes and new decors. Not to mention It's school time again!

A new school year is also the beginning of a period defined by mixed emotions for everyone; exciting yet crazy days full with conflicting schedules, getting homework done while keeping up with demanding extracurricular activities, and the famous pick up and drop off kids scenario. I tell you, if we mothers get paid for driving around our kids we will be so rich!

So, it's time to bid a not so desirable farewell to those lazy, laid back mornings, that comforting cup of tea with a lavish book reading and say hello to a chaotic beginning to the day, followed by super chaotic evenings.

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On a positive note, life offers us a fresh start every moment and back to school with new everything around is a wonderful opportunity to talk to our kids about aspirations and small things that can make big changes in our lives. Tell them about our dreams that came true and dreams that we are still working on times when we felt proud and times when we almost gave up on things. Stories of our successes and failures can empower them and make them relate with events in their lives and apply.

I am so scared of swimming. My daughters are fishes. They dream of swimming like Michael Phelps and make us proud. They tell me all the time, mom, its ok, come and try. It's nothing. It's so comforting. We will teach you. I tell them it's so easy for you and so hard for me because it's all in the mind.

The other day she had to do her vault and bars routine in her new gym for the first time. She was so nervous. She came to me and she said it looks hard mom and I said like swimming for me. It's all in the mind mom, right? I am going to do this, will you learn swimming? I said yes! And she went and gave it her best. Now, bars, beams or vaults bring it on! She rocks them all

As for me, I am going to enroll for swimming lessons.

This month's art project is making a list of five things you and your kids want to accomplish together in the coming year, five simple steps in the right direction as a family.

What you will need

Chart or cardboard

Construction paper

Stencils (optional)







Using pencil, draw five shapes on construction paper. Cut them using scissors. Stick them on a chart using glue. To cover the remaining area, dip the tip of sponge in paint and pat gently on the paper. You can use the same sponge for all the colors. Just go from lighter to darker for beautiful overlapping effect.

Make a pizzazz artwork for the family room using inspirational words, craft supplies, stickers, sequence etc. Express your style stating your family goals.

It's never too late for anyone to be what they could have been! Push each other, be each other's strength and keep up the good work!


Shikha Pasrija has a passion for art. She has organized several successful art workshops which have been immensely popular both with kids and their families. Follow her blog or e-mail her at



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