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My daughter LOVES colouring. Watching TV, playing outside, and colouring are like her favourite things to do and I'd rather her do the latter two than the first. But whenever I take out her crayons and markers, even though I put out half a dozen giant sheets of construction paper, she still wants to colour on the walls, floors, fridge, etc. I find myself saying over and over "on the paper only please, on the paper only please" and then finally one more warning "Raven, if you don't want to colour on the paper I am going to put it away because I don't have time to clean the walls and doors all the time!" (I don't know how much of that last one she understands). Just now, so I could post a message on here (in another forum re: learning a 2nd language), I took out her papers and markers to distract her, and when she started colouring on the walls and door, I sticky-tacked the giant sheets of paper to those spots. But it's not really helping, she's still colouring in the empty spots.
So here's what I'm wondering. Am I just taking the wrong attitude to this? Maybe I should just relax, and if she misses the paper, whatever. Maybe say once or twice "on the paper only please" but not stress about it? They're washable markers, they come off with a bit of soap and water and with a 'magic eraser' the crayon wipes right off. If I spend 5 minutes doing this at the end of the day, what's the harm? Or should I keep trying to encourage her to draw on the paper by taking it away if she persists in drawing other places?
ETA: The only other consideration is that at his house, her dad barely manages to get his dishes done and keep his floors swept (let alone any other house work...) I know he also has trouble getting her not to colour on the walls, and I'm worried that I'd be frustrating his efforts by not being rigid about it here. Or maybe I should just tell him to chill out, too... heheh.