“Hey kids, don’t forget to draw on the wall!”

Yep.

I said that.

Last weekend. In my kitchen.

We were celebrating the Sweet Sixteen for our baby with about 20 teenagers. And everyone knows you can’t truly have a birthday celebration until you write on some walls. Obviously!

It’s one of my favorite walls in the house. It’s a skinny little wall, the depth of our cabinets, between the kitchen and eating area. About two years ago I decided to paint it with chalkboard paint. Since then it has held grocery lists, phone messages, masterpieces of kids whose parents were visiting a little too long after dinner, holiday messages and an assortment of random thoughts.

Don't all shopping lists include 2 fancy cowboys?
Don’t all shopping lists include 2 fancy cowboys?

Around here, a birthday qualifies as a holiday. So, in addition to all the other silliness that went on here last weekend, we told the kids they couldn’t leave until they had colored on the walls a little bit.

A few commissioned pieces
A few commissioned pieces

A few of them looked at me like I had six heads, but hey, I was once the mom of four teenagers. I’m impervious to such looks at this stage of the game.

So it you find yourself a little bored this weekend and need a way to entertain the kids while you’re fixing dinner on those crazy weeknights, drop $10. Grab a can of chalkboard paint. Pick a wall. Paint it.

It may or may not be time for a little intervention here.
It may or may not be time for a little intervention here.

I mean, how often do you get to encourage your kids to do that thing they always thought was against the rules? You may even get a few “cool mom” points out of the deal, and who can’t use a few more of those?

About Beth Moore

A Christ-follower, wife, mom to 4, lifestyle blogger, seamstress and seeker of daily glimpses of God's grace and redemption.

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