Ever since Mini R started nursery, there has been something that I’ve been pondering…
What the hell do parents do with all the “art work” and creative items that their offspring draw/make/paint?
I’m not going to lie, as much as I am far from a hoarder, I do like to keep things of sentimental value. I will happily chuck clothes I don’t wear, random bits of crap that finds its way into my bedside drawer and a variety of other things but, when it comes to something that means something, that i’ve been given by someone, I really struggle to get rid. That, and baby stuff!
When I thought about being a parent, in my pre-baby days, I naively looked forward to colouring and painting with my child. The reality, as we all come to find out about parenthood, if far different. Saying that, I do still try to get the paints out every now and then vowing, two minutes into said painting activity, to never do it again when he’s eating the paint brush and shoving his fingers in it. Mini R regularly “coolers” in his colouring book with his big, fat ‘My First Crayons’ and he loves this activity. My OCD can’t watch too much as, given that he’s only 23 months old, he can’t stay in the lines! 🙂
All this brings me onto the topic of this post, what do you do with it all?
The way I see it, there are three options:
- Give to family members. Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles and the little old lady who lives a couple doors down. These people will gladly receive a piece of artwork from your child and they love it even more if you put a little note on it and ask the child to give it to them. They present it with a beaming smile and BOOM, you’ve off loaded a piece of artwork and don’t have to feel like the worst parent in the world for chucking it!
- You can keep it and display it. Most parents have a fridge full of pictures from their children. This is a nice idea but there is only so much space on the fridge, what to do when it gets full? We are lucky enough to have a playroom and I have hung several cheap, colourful IKEA frames on the wall to display Mini R’s artwork in and I also stick things on the back of the playroom door…but again, what about when they get full?!
- You can chuck it. Push all guilty thoughts to the back of your mind and throw it in the bin….recycling bin that is. You don’t want to feel guilty about damaging the planet as well as chuckling your beloved son/daughters artwork that they spent time and energy lovingly making.
So far in Mini R’s life I’ve not done point three yet. I just can’t bring myself to do it! So I have a folder with plastic wallets in it that house his work. There is certain stuff that makes me heart melt and I will keep forever.
But then the other day he came home with this…
Let’s be completely honest, its a paper plate with polystyrene on it and a doily with some scribbles on. There’s not even been an attempt to paint the plate with polystyrene on it! Do I really need to keep rubbish like this? Yes, yes I do, because my son, whom I love more than anything, proudly made it for me so I have to.
And finally, the Easter bonnet that we made together. That won second place at nursery, where the f**k am I meant to put this cumbersome beast? Mr Maker has got a lot to answer for!