Are You Guilty of Throwing Away Your Child’s Artwork?

A recent study** has unearthed a very guilty secret amongst parents across London. The findings revealed that 64% of parents have to throw away their children’s artwork as a way of coping with the sheer volume, and 47% have even been caught doing it! A further 17% admitted that they often palm their kid’s handy work off to friends and grandparents as a way of clearing some space in the home.
I must admit that I have thrown many pieces of their artwork away or given it to my parents and Matt’s parents purely because we have been sent many, many pictures home from school. Add to it that the boys used to draw almost every day at home too it makes for a lot of drawings with very little space to keep them. 

We have 4 boxes in our living room that are full and overflowing of special drawings and ones that are milestone pieces as I like to call them – things like their first pictures brought home, their first-person picture and ones that they have drawn me when I’ve needed cheering up etc.
I have to say that although I did feel a little guilty of throwing away some of their artwork we simply can’t keep everything they have ever created.We simply don’t have the room and we have to be sensible in terms of what we keep. There are some pieces that I will never ever throw out but as the boys get older we will end up throwing more and more away. 
The statistics, were released as part of a campaign to launch over 100 billboards nationwide created using 5-11-year-olds’ artwork, also highlighted parents’ pride in their offspring’s masterpieces. An overwhelming 92% of those polled by BIC® UK & ROI in London proudly display their children’s artwork in the home, with the fridge door being the most popular location according to 80% of respondents.
Most popular locations around the home for children’s artwork to be displayed, according to parents in London:
Three-quarters (74%) agreed that children’s artwork on display is a sign of a happy home, 62% said it shows creative, inspired children and 54% believe it’s a sign of proud parents. Of those that do display artwork, over two-thirds do so not only because they find it heart-warming, but also because they believe it’s important for boosting child confidence and creativity.
When the boys were really small we used to put pieces of their artwork on the kitchen cupboards and walls, at the minute the walls are bare but we are also in the middle of redecorating so once we have finished that some of my favourite pieces may just make a reappearance. 
Just 7% of those polled said they refuse to display their children’s art in the home, 80% of which do so because it clutters up the house. A quarter (25%) also admitted that it simply isn’t good enough for others to see.

Rebecca Huda from BIC® UK and ROI said: 
“It’s inspiring to see the impact that children’s art has on parents, and while some may feel that there’s too much to cope with, we think it’s fantastic that children are still drawing so much! It also seems that most agree – 76% of those polled in London said that creativity is extremely important for children’s development, although only 2% of parents sit down and draw or colour with their children during weekends and holidays.”

Carrie Longton, Mumsnet’s Co-Founder, said: 
“I think it speaks volumes that, according to BIC’s research, 83% of London’s parents don’t compare their children’s artwork to others – clearly we’re a nation of parents that understand that the most important thing for children’s development is picking up and pen or pencil and having fun, rather than producing a masterpiece.”

Launched on 17th July, BIC’s Young Artist Award was open to all 5-11-year-old kids across the UK and ROI. The artwork was judged by an expert panel of creatives from the marketing, publishing and illustration industries before ten winners were chosen. The nationwide billboards, created using the winners’ artwork will be launched week commencing 11th September 2017.
If you remember we wrote a post about the competition a few months ago when James entered it. He had lots of fun thinking what to draw and in the end, he decided on an elf flying into space in a rocket. I love that his imagination is so great and that he can think of such fun things to recreate. I hope he never changes.
 Are you guilty of throwing away your child’s artwork? Do you feel bad about doing it?

*This is a collaborative post*
**Research conducted amongst 1,073 parents from across the UK by Mumsnet on behalf of BIC UK and ROI in August 2017**

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