While colouring pages for adults have been around for several decades, they have quickly regained popularity over the past few years. If you haven't noticed, these types of books are selling like crazy. And why wouldn't they? In a technology-driven world, this return to pencil and paper enables us to tune out the constant stresses of our everyday life. But there's more to adult colouring than just providing us with a much-needed escape.
I always loved to colour in when I was a kid. I loved it so much that I was actually still colouring in high school. And then I was told that my hobby was just for kids, so, I decided to "grow up." Decades later (which would probably give you a faint idea of how old I am), I’ve realized that my daughter has the same passion for colouring in as I had had (and still do!). About 12 months ago, she asked me to buy her colouring books and crayons. And then one day, as I was hunting for a new colouring book for her, I came across adult colouring books which, little did I know, were all the rage. Well, colour me surprised.
And since the word "adult" was in them, I didn’t think it would be too immature of me to try them out. I started colouring a page or two whenever my daughter was on the playground. It seemed like an appropriate place to let out my inner child, and when my daughter realized I was doing something she loved, she was delighted.
Just like that, we became colouring partners. Now we each delight in getting our own colouring book out and sitting down together to colour our pages and show off our individual artwork. Instead of asking my daughter to give me my much-needed break whenever I feel stressed out, I ask her to join me for some quiet time together. Instead of putting off her sometimes incessant chatter when I want to relax, I have become a listening ear to her stories, ideas, and experiences. My “me” time has become a “we” time. And all thanks to a colouring book.
So if you’re a parent with a child who loves to colour, you might want to invest in some of these books. Trust me, it’s an investment that will enable you to reap the rewards for years to come.