Pentel of America asked influencers to share their stories about how they use their markers, pens and art supplies to create cool or meaningful stuff. We were supplied with the products and compensated for our time, however, I kind of feel like I owe them a huge debt of gratitude for the priceless opportunity that this brought about. The following story is about art supplies, learning a new skill and the bittersweet nature of motherhood.
There comes a time when hanging out with your mom is no longer cool. It’s a natural part of life as they seek more independence and become adults. I’ve seen it happen with my teenagers and my preteen is rapidly approaching this phase as well. I’m not going to lie, even though I understand the reason for it, my feelings get a little bit hurt. She talks to her friends more than she talks to me. *sniff sniff* I often find myself desperately searching for ways to stay connected to them through activities that they enjoy doing (in my sons’ case, that includes countless hours of hunting Pokemon.)
My eleven year old daughter is currently into making Musically videos and try as I might, I just can’t bring myself to take an interest in lip syncing to Rhianna. Sometimes I feel like I’m being replaced by social media and apps. It’s a chore for my kids to put down the phone and have a conversation with me. The request is met with copious eye rolling and sighs. You know what I’m talking about, right? Thankfully, my daughter also loves doing art projects and recently took an interest in hand lettering. When I heard her talking about it, a lightbulb went on in my overcrowded mom brain. I quickly set aside my mile long to-do list and suggested a date night with her on the premise that we would be learning to hand letter together. She said yes and even seemed excited about it! #WINNING
Last week, we ordered pizza and tried our hands at the surprisingly popular art form of hand lettering. We watched a few videos and thought that it would be a relatively easy thing to learn. We were wrong and I couldn’t be happier about it.
Apparently, handwriting is much like hand lettering in that practice makes perfect…or at least legible.
We spent hours watching tutorials, practicing each letter, learning to use the Pentel Aquash Brush to blend colors (our favorite part) and laughing at our many, many mistakes. We talked about school, her goals for the future, boys (ugh,) peer pressure and so much more. She picked up her phone once and it was to make a video of us doing our project. It was such a fun and meaningful evening. I don’t think my daughter realized how much I had been craving some good old fashioned face time with her. I don’t think I realized how much I had been craving it either. We have a limited amount of time with our kids before they leave the nest. I want to seize every opportunity to deeply connect with them while there is still time and if I can avoid having to lip sync in slow motion to Sia while doing so, even better.
I got my child to put down the phone and spend time with me…and she enjoyed it. That’s my point. What’s yours?
Here’s where it gets even better! We’re having a Twitter party in honor of National Handwriting Day on Thursday Jan. 19th at 7PM EST so to get the party started, we’re giving away a backpack filled with Pentel items valued up to $250!!!
You can RSVP for the party here
Enter below backpack filled with Pentel items valued up to $250!!!!
*US only, must be 18 years old*