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Handwork teaches resilience

I was just reading something I had written, and thinking about how often I ask my child to do things that might be challenging, even difficult perhaps.  They are outside of a comfort zone that we set for ourselves.  Her personality is such that she often meets challenges with a downhearted "I can't." together with a good deal of frustration, often walking away.  While I am not really sure the best way to handle this, I do sometimes tell her, do you remember when you thought you couldn't do that?

Finger-knitting and knitting with needles have both been such sources of frustration and anguish.  Yet, with perseverance, we are moving towards a sense of accomplishment  - slowly.  It would be better if we did these things as readily as we should - but we are improving (I hope).

Miss M. decided to do some finger knitting this evening, and proudly came to tell me that she had knitted a very long cord.

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