Bend your own rules (tree, face, flower, etc.)
OK, I understand you are being put on the spot. "I'm drawing with my 3 year old." you think to yourself, "I shouldn't have to prove myself to anyone." However this is your opportunity to showcase creativity...or lack-of if you are not careful. Break your rules, don't pass on the tradition of stick figures, smiley faces and lollipop trees. Dare to be different, you know that all flowers are not four petals with a dot in the center, but trying to draw an iris on the spot is scary so you opt for the tradition of the cliché. Don't teach your children a formula for drawing these objects, show them that with a little variation these objects can have a lot of spunk....even while you are using crayons. Now take your sun out of the top left hand corner of your page and find a new cozy spot where it can rise up from behind a tree top or mountain side. Be crazy...maybe the moon is up instead. Don't draw your trees like little green clouds on top of a brown rectangle, let your branches tangle, add foliage with color, textures and variation. Relax, experiment and have fun. Your kids will learn to do the same and they won't need to rely on traditional formulas to build confidence in their drawings.