(Closed) Did your parents keep artwork you made or do you keep your kids artwork?

posted 5 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Aww, thats adorable! I’m really looking forward to when my future kids bring home art projects and drawings. My parents never even so much as put my stuff on the fridge for a week. They just threw them away. I have a couple drawings that I kept myself. I wish I had more though. 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My mum kept nothing :(. Amazingly though, *I* kept something. A poem I wrote when I was 6 and was really proud of and kept in my drawer all through childhood, and I’ve still got it in my 6 year old handwriting 🙂

I’ve got a whole box of drawings from when my kids were little… and I wish I had more! To all young and future mums: keeps as much of their artwork as possible, it’s so precious! And all their school books of written stories etc. too

EDIT: BTW you won’t have a mountain because there comes an age (around 8 to 10) where they stop doing art for you 🙁

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

My dad still has a massive painting (like 3’x5′) I did in 3rd grade framed on his home office wall.  Makes me smile 🙂

I think my parents have kept a couple boxes full of my art and school work that were the favourites, and I plan to do the same.

But what I might do in addition is to photograph/scan some of the good stuff and put them into shutterfly type coffee table books. 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@SapphireSun:  Yes, that’s what we do with craft. After a month or two, we take a few photos of it then toss it out. It’s not practical to keep all the wonderful craft things they make.

And your dad sounds awesome 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

@HappilyEverAfter54:  That is so cute! I’d definitely frame that! Tongue Out

My mum kept EVERYTHING. Once I found her ironing a crumpled up drawing of mine. It was hilarious! Tongue Out I’m glad that she cherished my art work, and she has all of my old reports, crafts, paintings, drawings, and letters I wrote her when I was young. She keeps everything in boxes, and also collected my Birthday cards, Christmas cards etc, and put them in a keepsake box for me. The other day I was looking through it all and found cards from when I was born, my first valentine card (which I got when I was 10 from a secret admirer) and I loved reading them all. I especially loved the ones from my late great aunt and uncle (who were like grandparents to me)

When I’m a parent I’ll be keeping art, letters, cards etc. I think it’s so precious, and the memories come flooding right back when you look at it!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mine saved lots of things, from both my brother and i. they’re in a filing cabinet in the basement. i like that she saved things, cause i’m planning to do the same.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@HappilyEverAfter54:  Keep what you really really love in hard copy and then what you kind of love take a photo or it to keep like @SapphireSun:  suggested.

You have to keep some stuff, it’s a record of them growing! It’s sad when parents don’t keep anything at all. 🙁

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

My dad saved some things, like father’s day cards I made him, in a safe when I was little, along with a jar of coins and stuff. What happened to it? My sister and her boyfriend broke into it and burned everything that wasn’t money or pawnable. The even more fucked up part? They did this while my dad was with me while I was sick in the hospital. Some sister, right?

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ForeverBirds:  Eugh. Just when I thought I’d heard it all… how can people be so malicious? I’m sorry they did that to you and your dad,

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

My kids would bring heaps and heaps of art work and creations home so I decided to pick some to keep and we took a photo of them with the ones that we would give away. They were more than happy with that idea.  Artwork of the week was always displayed.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

My grandma kept a bunch of mine because she is awesome that way… I love it.

I say don’t keep every scrap…. not even every great one. Photograph every great one (digital takes up so little room to store), and keep only a small trove of some of them (thr originals, I mean. Keep all the photos of course). Nobody needs a phyiscal collection of hundreds of drawings they drew as a tot. But a small collection is something special!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

My mum kept the really special things we made, everything else was binned.

I will keep some things for my children to look back on, but I do think a lot of parents get carried away.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@HappilyEverAfter54:  she bought one years ago to keep paperwork for taxes/insurance/health/house stuff and all of that, and ended up devoting an entire drawer to school stuff/memories from my childhood and my brother’s childhood. so it’s multi-purpose. 

filing cabinets are affordable. i know that office supply stores sell them 🙂 plus, they can be spray painted to make them look less.. office-y.

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