Question of the day

Is it wrong to throw away some of your child’s art?

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9 Responses to Question of the day

  1. Phyllis says:

    There’s no way we can save ALL their artsy stuff! I have saved some from all my girls. Generally the ones that show their creativity at different ages. They each have a large envelope dedicated to their stuff.

  2. SKL says:

    I’m with Phyllis. I would have already had to rent a storage room to store all the paperwork they bring home from school. Most of it goes in the trash the same week it comes home. A few items go in their play area until they are pretty much forgotten, and then they go in the trash. And then there is the rare item that I feel shows something unique about them, which goes in with their “important” school papers and such.

    Some people take a photo of their kids’ art and then toss it. Seems like a good idea, except that even digital photos take a lot of disk space once there are a lot of them.

  3. Throw away some of my children’s art? More like most of my children’s art. I felt guilty at first, but they come home from school with a new picture every day and make art at home as well. They make hundreds of works of ‘art’ in a year. The quantity is too great too store or to really take a look at later with any kind of genuine reflection. We probably keep one out of every ten or fifteen things they do.

  4. Laura says:

    Oh my gosh, I hope not!! Josh brings home two to five, sometimes more, worksheets each week. He’s such a pack rat that I have to sneak the stuff into the recycle bin. Out of curiosity, when he was in Kg, I saved everything that came home, and it made a 2 foot high stack!! It was unbelievable.

    I’ve considered the digital picture thing, since I’ve got one of those digital picture frames where you can load a bunch of pics in, and it rotates them, but I’ve never gotten around to it.

  5. Sue says:

    If you have a place to keep it all, more power to you, but for the rest of us some of it’s got to go!

  6. Nikki says:

    I keep just about every art project he makes. I have a big box in the closet. I don’t keep the doodling ones. The real art projects I keep, because they’re good and I think he’ll like to look at them some day…I will!

    But is it wrong to throw some of them away? No. Whatever suits your fancy!

  7. Jenny says:

    I throw a lot of stuff away already! I have a couple paintings on the fridge now.

  8. Joy says:

    No. I don’t think it’s wrong at all. I saved a lot of stuff but every single paper?? How could one do that?

  9. Laura says:

    I save the ones – whether done at school or at home – that have some sort of meaning for me. For example, he was all cranky and rotten one day, and all of a sudden, he disappeared for an hour or better. Comes out eventually with a picture. “Here, Mama, I know I was being mean earlier, so I made this for you.” It was a picture of Cruise that he drew for me. THAT one gets kept.

    So will the snowman that he made at school… the only one in the class that was wearing armor.

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