Unfortunately I have gotten into the habit of drawing things for my son. He's now almost 2 1/2 and we started with drawing / coloring maybe a year ago. It all started innocently enough but by now whenever we color it is him dictating exactly what I should draw for him. I try to direct the "art" in a more free-form direction, because I think it squelches his creativity if he's trying to draw things, or perceives art as always having a goal. Especially at this age, and some would argue any age including adult creative endeavors, art should be about flowing from one's own inner creative place and not necessarily trying to make something or achieve an end result. So I don't want to present coloring / drawing / art to him as always making something, if that makes sense. I think we all know that two year olds pretty much just scribble anyhow. Theory aside, I wonder if we should just hide the pencils and paper for awhile and try again in a few months and never draw any*thing* again.....or what?! Rather than just draw what he tells me, I have now started using the word "design" and say "I'm drawing a design". He does like to scribble and color and does do it on his own, but I feel like our "art" sessions have gone in a direction I didn't intend and don't like, as there are times he won't even pick up the crayons and just wants me to draw his ideas. Not only do I feel like he's just sitting there bossing me around and after awhile I don't WANT to draw any more trucks dammit.....but I really feel that children should be given space to just be creative and draw or paint or whatever, without adult intervention.
What should I do here? Does anyone else have this problem? When I flat out refuse to draw another car or street or whatever, he gets really mad, and our art sessions end in both of us being frustrated and annoyed. We also are going through way too much paper as he wants a fresh piece for every new idea he has. What to do???!!