Parenting

January 6, 2024

Brushes Over Beats: The Humorous Case for Why Parents Should Hope for Painters, Not Drummers

Brushes Over Beats: The Humorous Case for Why Parents Should Hope for Painters, Not Drummers

As parents, we dream of our children's future with a mix of anticipation and dread. When it comes to picking hobbies, many secretly hope their kids gravitate towards painting instead of drumming. Here's a lighthearted look at why brushes trump drumsticks in the parental hope chest.

1. The Sound of Silence

Let's face it: the sweetest sound to a parent's ear is often silence. While painting is as quiet as a mouse wearing slippers, drums are the equivalent of inviting a baby elephant to tap dance in your living room. Every. Single. Day.

2. Less Bang for Your Buck

Drums aren’t just loud; they're expensive. There's the drum kit, the cymbals, the sticks (which mysteriously disappear like socks in a laundry room), and let's not forget soundproofing your garage. Paints and brushes, on the other hand, are relatively wallet-friendly.

3. No Noise Complaints

With a young Picasso in the house, you’re unlikely to get a visit from the local police due to a noise complaint. Your child's artistic endeavors might not always be a treat for the eyes, but at least they won’t be a headache for the ears.

4. Spontaneous Art Galleries

When your child takes up painting, any blank wall becomes a potential gallery. Drums, however, just become a makeshift table for piling up laundry or, worse, more musical instruments.

5. Portability and Peace

Painting can be done anywhere – in the park, at the grandparents’, even in a quiet corner of a cafe. Drums? Not unless you want to be that family. The one everyone talks about. Not in a good way.

6. Future Rock Star Syndrome

Every drummer kid harbors dreams of becoming the next rock superstar, which means your retirement plan might get redirected to fund a band named something like "The Galactic Unicorns."

7. The Early Bird Avoids the Drums

Nothing says good morning like the soft clinking of paint jars, a far cry from the earth-shattering wakeup call of a morning drum solo.

8. Smaller Footprint

A set of paints and brushes can fit neatly in a cupboard. A drum set, on the other hand, sprawls out like a teenager on a couch.

9. Emotional Outlet

While both painting and drumming offer emotional expression, only one leaves the house still standing and the family cat untraumatized.

10. The Zen Factor

There's something inherently peaceful about watching a child paint, lost in a world of color and imagination. The same can’t be said for watching them flail wildly at a drum set like a caffeinated octopus.


In the cosmic lottery of children’s hobbies, if you draw the painting card, consider yourself lucky. You’ll save on earplugs, enjoy quieter mornings, and who knows, maybe even end up with a masterpiece to hang on the fridge. And if the drumming bug does bite? Well, there’s always noise-cancelling headphones and a good sense of humor!


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