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But they said to never compare your kids to each other….


In January, Maya graduated from the primary level art class to the junior level class.  This is the class that Milo is in until he moves up in September.  Until now, they have come home with projects that were very different from each other and we were able to appreciate each object without resorting to comparisons.  Now that they are in the same class we have a challenge.  Maya is getting frustrated because she holds herself to the standard set by her brother.  Personally, I am just impressed by the quality of work she puts out.  I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler.

They are two different kids with two different sets of skills – not withstanding that there is a four year age difference between the two of them.  But I can’t help but compare when the work put side by side.  But how to compare is challenging.  Do you go based on Maya being some sort of artistic prodigy or on the idea that Milo may not be putting out his best work/effort/motivation.  It’s probably both and neither at the same time.  But it does make for a challenging discussion when the work comes home and an artistic appreciation session starts.  I have added my own two hours worth of work attempting to copy these photos for your enjoyment.  No wonder I am a Civil Servant.


Author: theresultsmayvary

Civil Servant Dad is a Gen-Y married father of 2 kids. He blogs about the perils, ethical and moral quandries and downright crazy challenges faced in raising them.

3 thoughts on “But they said to never compare your kids to each other….

  1. Wow! So similar…you’d never know about the age gap! Such lovely drawings, thanks for spending those extra two hours!

  2. they’re both quite talented… they did much better than i could have done. art is so subjective, but it’s hard to get kids to understand that sometimes.

  3. I’m learning just how difficult this mantra is to follow each day – our boys are identical in DNA only, and I catch myself saying, “Sully, try it like Will’s doing it” and vice versa, and I do a mental head slap each time – trying to remember they will both be good at different things, like different things.

    I loved this post – I’m a sucker for creativity, and while the projects were similar you can see little bits of personality that make each their own.

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