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« on: July 28, 2007 07:44:54 PM »

I have an 11 year old. She loves to knit,we've made oddball craft stuff together-like a glittery star mobile complete with an alien.. I'll show her stuff on craftster I think she'll like-bangle bracelets are in our future. Trouble is,I don't think I can turn her loose on Craftster yet. People are good about saying adult content in their descriptions,yes. But she would spend a lot of time on the knitting page,and, for example, I really don't want to have to explain what a vibrator cozy is, or hear mommy,what's a dildo? I don't think I'm being an overprotective prude.(okay,maybe a little). Yes,we've had "the talk",more than once,and I try to be honest and approachable,but...
I"m not complaining about crafster! Honest! I love crafster,and I'm more apt to giggle than be offended by any adult stuff posted.
BUT-can anyone suggest some kid friendly craft sites? I'd really appreciate it. I'd like to hear other parents thoughts on the subject, too. For now I'll keep bookmarking things I want to share with her.Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2007 05:54:53 AM »

i know that maybe familyfun has some crafts, i also know they may be too childish for an eleven year old, i myself am thirteen. you can search google and there might be some knitting patterns if that's what she's interested in. try magazines too? once she's about thirteen, she'll probably be old enough to join herself, or at least look around. and you aren't being an over-protective parent. =)
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2007 07:53:50 PM »

Thanks, xbostonvanillax, for the suggestions. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on the subject. For now I'll just keep bookmarking projects here,and search the web a little when I get some free time. She still likes to do projects with mom.
Heh,every time I've done a craftster inspired project,even just something like a record bowl,she's so impressed...thinks I'm cool!(yeah, I know THAT won't last!)
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2008 12:48:01 PM »

I appreciate you trying to shield your daughter from such material. Although, it's very very hard to trip across these things unless you search them. I think your daughter should have a go at it. I learned about that stuff at 10. And I'm 14. If you are REALLY squemish about it, another fantastic website with LESS of that material is http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/ There is less of the "adult" things on there.good luck! = )
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2008 05:44:01 PM »

Good points. And I know I need to get over my squemishness-I'd much rather have to explain stuff to her,than have her guess or ask friends who don't know much more than she does. I appreciate everyone's viewpoints on this.
Hee,it's going to be interesting when she joins craftster and looks up my old posts.
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2008 02:58:01 PM »

http://www.craftown.com/kids.htm

This has some fun things, though a few of them may be a little young for her...11-12 is a tough age.  My little SIL is 12, and she wants desperately to be on grown-up sites, and talk to other people, and show off what she can do, but she's just not quite mature enough to keep herself safe.  I actually think craftster is one of the better places to let her roam.  There are plenty of things that I (and her mom) wouldn't want her to see, but for the most part, they're easily explainable (she understands the difference between art nudes and...other kinds).  Perhaps between now and when she's old enough (I agree, 13 is a good age), she could start a parentally-supervised blog of links to projects she likes and wants to try, and her own results.  There are so many blog sites (I'm a live journal fan, myself...easy to meet people there, but there are others) that are free, and host lots of crafty and creative people.  And as long as you monitor her, and who she's friends with, she should be plenty safe.

Oh, and don't feel bad, you're not over-protective.  My parents were over-protective:  I didn't know what a vibrator was until I was 17, no lie.  There is a good middle ground between protective and obsessive, and it usually includes lots of honesty, and little shame.  Good luck!
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2008 07:08:11 PM »


Hee,it's going to be interesting when she joins craftster and looks up my old posts.
Speak of the devil-she got on craftster when I was watching CSI( she was playing a computer game when I started),and looked up one of my old posts about her earring trouble! Sent someone a pm thanking them and everything.They were a little puzzled,since it was such an old post...So we had a little talk about not using someone else's account.Oh,well,she could 've done worse. Roll Eyes
So I think I'm going to let her read posts now,any pm's must come from me,and she can sign up for her own account next year.
Thanks for your point of view, Aislynn. That middle ground is tough! I grew up overprotected,and ignorent of so many things-I have to make a concious effort not to do the same to her.But I figure being aware of it's half the battle.
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2008 07:09:10 AM »

We have the perfect sites for you. http://www.freekidscrafts.com and http://makingfriends.com. Lots of craft ideas geared to kids from 3 to those of us who never grew up. All the patterns and instructions are free on both of these sites. MakingFriends.com does sell materials if you want to purchase them and is geared toward scouts and groups, but projects are applicable to one or many. FreeKidsCrafts.com also has links to other sites geared to kids crafts. Happy Crafting
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