Can Maya make me a piece?
This is Ryan Dalton, his wife Raniece, and their 16-month old daughter, Maya. The family recently moved from Brooklyn to Alabama for a “slower pace” of life.
Ryan told BuzzFeed News that he and his wife try to parent Maya in a more “adventurous” way, by letting her explore her world on her own terms.
“I like her to explore and be free,” he said.
The couple is expecting their second child, and recently bought their first home. Ryan said he has been excited to finally own a home after years of renting.
“It's an opportunity I have been waiting for, to have a place we can really make our own,” he said.
In that spirit, Ryan said he had the idea to let Maya create her own artwork for her new room. “I wanted her to take part in decorating her space,” he said.
Maya had never painted before except for a brief experience at a children’s museum, but Ryan said that didn’t stop her.
After her dad put some paint in bowls, and showed her how to use the brush, Maya got to work.