I have to get something off my chest that has been bothering me for about 3 years.... I DON'T KEEP ALL OF MY CHILDS ART PROJECTS ::Gasp:: I know! I'm a horrible Mom! Lock me up now!
So, before you judge me, and I know some will, but that's ok- let me explain. Carter goes to daycare. Everday. From 8-5. That's a LOT of time for crafty little projects. If I kept ALL of his pieces of paper with a little scribble on them I would be swimming in papers and my husband just might file for divorce...maybe...ok probably not but you get the point right?
I do keep some of them. Usually the ones that has some sort of body part imprint on them like hands or feet. I like to see how he grows over the years. Sometimes we will hang something on the fridge that he's made for a week or 2 and then in the garbage it goes. Does anyone have an alternative though besides the garbage or keeping everything? How do you decide what stays and what goes? I've heard of some people that take pictures of the project and then make an album or scrapbook of the pictures. I could try that route.
My Mom kept a lot of my projects but I don't know if she kept ALL of them (Mom you can weigh in on this because I know you're probably reading it!) I just found a bunch of stuff in storage that my Mom kept for me and it was a lot of fun to look through, but now what? Do I get it out every few years and say "Oh I remember that?" I'm pretty sure Carter won't care to look at a picture that his Mom drew when she was 12. That's the thing with boys too, Is he really going to care if I keep this stuff for him when he is 26? I'm thinking not.
So Mom's out there weigh in on this for me. Do you keep everything your child/ren make and what do you do with it? Non-Moms, do you have stuff that your parents kept for you? Do you care that they kept it and do you think you will keep your kids stuff if you plan to have children?
Okay, commence the judging...I'm ready for it. I think. :)