If your children are anything like mine they are prolific artists! As soon as they could hold a paintbrush or pencil they turned into mini Picasso’s, making what they felt were masterpieces, worthy of adorning every wall in our home.
Fast forward a few years and they’re now both in school and both bringing home a deluge of artwork on a daily basis. Paintings, drawings, colouring sheets, collages, junk modelling, cards, notes…the list is endless.
So what happens to all of this artwork? At our house, I showcase their artwork and school work on the fridge or on the wall in their playroom. It’s right there where everyone can see, it makes the rooms more colourful and I love to see what they’ve accomplished. I also think it makes them feel proud of something they did and lets them know I acknowledge their work. It usually stays there for a certain amount of time and then gets replaced with the next masterpiece that makes its way home. The question then becomes; does it get thrown in the rubbish or saved for posterity’s sake?
A recent study conducted by stationery brand, BIC® UK, unearthed a guilty secret of parents across London. 64% of parents admitted to binning their children’s artwork as a way of coping with the sheer volume and 47% confessed to being rumbled by their children whilst doing so. A further 17% admitted to palming their kid’s masterpieces off to friends and grandparents in a bid to create more space.
The statistics, which were released as part of a campaign to launch over 100 billboards nationwide created using 5-11 year olds’ artwork, also highlighted parents’ pride in their child’s creations. Of those surveyed by BIC® UK, 92% said they were proud to display their children’s artwork in the home, with the fridge door being the most popular location according to 80% of respondents.
Over two-thirds of parents said they believed it was important to display artwork at home because it boosted their child’s confidence and creativity. I agree with this wholeheartedly.
Personally, I would display all of the boys’ artwork if I could, but it’s just not practical so what I tend to do is go through each piece of paper/artwork in their bookbags and pick out the “fridge/wall” worthy items. Everything else gets put in the recycle bin or rubbish, no hard feelings, or guilt! The boys are happy because they still get to see things displayed and I’m happy that we’re able to find a home for everything.
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