If as a child you were taught you have to finish what you start, or you must do one thing at a time, then these beliefs may clash with this idea.
Of course, if you make a project a priority or you have a deadline, you have to finish it. But it’s okay to have ongoing projects, and some that are abandoned, never to be completed. It's no big deal.
Perfectionism to complete all projects causes unnecessary stress. I’ve had to be aware of this tendency and remember, it’s the process, not the result, that is life. We can enjoy ourselves while we are doing the project, and not say "I’ll be happy when this is done." It's while you are doing the project, that IS life.
So I’ve dedicate the dining table to ongoing creative projects (it’s okay we have a kitchen table to eat at). I've made fabric covered noticeboards here, paintings, beading, and even hosted dinner parties.
At the moment, as you can see, the kids have a few things going on. My daughter can add pieces to her peacock puzzle as she feels like it. Sometimes we sit together and add pieces. There is a Lego corner for both kids. And we have painting and drawing set up too.
Just like adults, kids like to go back to their projects rather than have to pack things away. So if you can spare a corner in your house, and accept that it’s going to be messy, maybe try this out and let me know how you go, or if you are doing it, how is it working at your house?
Have a look at this website www.artprojectsforkids.org for some creative inspiration. And remember, it’s not the product, but the process that’s important.
A final bit of advice my art teacher, Clive Cocum, gave me - Have fun with it!
Love, Anna x