It's nearly impossible to keep up with.
Everyday, your child brings home mounds of papers. Beaming, she hands you the pile to look through, urging you to hang it all up in just the perfect place. You tell your little one how proud you are and that you will surely hang it up (you might even put one on the refrigerator right away). Then, you put the pile on the counter and get back to whatever it is you were in the middle of.
Soon, you move it off the counter. Maybe to another counter or a drawer. Or - and I can't believe I'm saying this - maybe, you trash it. It's just that it piles up so quickly especially if your little one is in nursery school, preschool or kindergarten. There are so many papers. So many beautiful papers. So, what are you supposed to do?
That's up to you - but here is one certainty - someday you will love and appreciate those papers more than you do when they first come home. As time goes on, you will learn what treasures they truly are.
Picasso is famous for saying, "Every child is an artist." I couldn't agree more. Consider your kids expressionists. They draw the world as they see it, through their emotions. That - in and of itself - is reason to keep some of that artwork. Of course you can't keep it all, unless you have access to some type of major storage space.
Here's what I found to work well for me.
I happily look at the sweet papers as they come home. Then, I place them in a drawer in our kitchen. Once it fills up, I take an hour or so and go through the work. I pick the pieces that really stand out. The ones that are special. And this is where it gets fun. I put them into groups. If they are fall pictures, I put them in with my fall decorations. All of the Halloween pics go with the Halloween stuff, and so on.
The following year, when you are preparing for fall you will love finding the treasures from the year before and the year before that and so on. It's great to hang them up year-after-year, side-by-side.
I can pretty much guarantee that the various holiday artwork will make you smile when you pull it out of that box. It will bring back memories that will make your Mother's Day happier, your Christmas more merry, Easter will be sweeter, and you'll burst with patriotic pride when you hang those stars and stripes your little one made. It's all made with love.
This Thanksgiving I am extremely thankful for a beautiful picture made by my daughter Maria in 2000. She was 4-years-old. My sweet little Maria. Her sweet handwriting. Her sweet words. It's easily one of my favorite things. (She's still sweet - but in a 20-year-old kind of way).
If the artwork is not connected to a holiday but is still special, it might go in a baby book or in a frame to hang on the wall of the playroom - where we have an entire wall of homemade art - or another room. The colors, shapes and sweet sayings are always picture perfect They didn't cost me anything (except for the frame) and they are truly priceless.
Someday, those pictures, paintings, drawings, cards and more will mean the world to you and to your child.