I taught art for several weeks for our Homeschool group this semester. One day a mother told me I did a good job. I was a little confused, and asked what she meant. She said I did a good job of letting them be themselves and do their own thing. Which I got from my mother. As a young teen (13-15) when I shaved part of my head and dyed the rest of it crazy colors, she let me. When I used permanent marker to write/draw on myself(14-17), she didn't seem fazed-as long as it wasn't inappropriate. I wrote poetry(my own and other people's) on my bedroom walls(13-18), and she suggested I draw a frame around them. She was strict about some things-curfew, dating, how I allowed people to treat me, but when it came to self-expression and creativity, anything worked, because she always said, "There are no mistakes in art."