Post # 1
My son drew this adorable picture of cats at school and I found it when I was cleaning out his bookbag. I asked him if I could keep it and he said I could and was all smiles. I usually keep his art and have a trunk in his room we put everything in but this one is so cute I want to frame it which got me wondering if other people keep their kids art? My mom didn’t keep any of mine which made me a little sad, I have absolutely nothing from my school years. I don’t keep everything of my sons because he brings home a ton of stuff and he’s only in 2nd grade so by the time he was in 12th we’d be burried in papers. We just pick the best art and papers and projects to keep along with his report cards each year so he can have a little something to look back at. Does anyone else do this or plan to do this? Or maybe it’s just me because my mom saved nothing lol. If your parents saved anything of yours do you ever look at it or did you just throw it away?
Oh and heres his awesome kitty picture…
*I accidentely cut off the bottom of his picture when I took the photo. They do have feet. lol
Post # 3
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
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
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
@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
@HappilyEverAfter54: That is so cute! I’d definitely frame that!
My mum kept EVERYTHING. Once I found her ironing a crumpled up drawing of mine. It was hilarious! 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
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
@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
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 # 11
Wow this got a lot of fast responses. =)
I’m so happy I’m not the only one doing this… I was a little worried for a minute when I actually sat down to think about it. lol
@allyfally: I wish I would have kept things myself. That’s so sad they tossed them right out.
@paula1248: aww that is so cute that little you saved the poem! I wish I would have saved my things. I do plan to keep a good bit of his stuff even if he doesn’t want it when he’s older I’d love to look back through it once in a while and remember his childhood.
@SapphireSun: your dad is so sweet. I don’t feel bad wanting to frame the kitty picture now either. The shutterfly book is a great idea! I’m definitely going to do that!
@MissMfutureMrsB: I’m going out to buy a frame tomorrow lol. Your mom sounds awesome, I hope someday my son is happy I kept all his amazing childhood memories!
@colorofmyheart: a filing cabinet is another good idea! I’ve been putting them in a trunk but they would probably be safer in a file cabinet!
@Everdeen: yeah I’m still sad theres nothing from my childhood. I’m going to make a shutterfly book with some of his art for sure. That is such a clever idea!
@ForeverBirds: your dad sounds so sweet, I’m sorry that had to happen. I have some not so wonderful family members as well… =(
Post # 12
@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
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
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
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
@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.