However, I doubt that most parents keep every piece of artwork their kids have ever made - especially when those kids are nearly in junior high.
I'm that parent - I had boxes and bags of the boys' artwork. Every line drawing and scribble they'd done in their early years. This is a small pile, sitting on the kitchen table:
As we (okay, I) slowly declutter and try to clear out boxes and bags of stuff :), it became apparent that I had to let these pictures go. But, as a Mom, how can I let all of these memories go?
I don't have to.
Over the past few weeks, I've been taking a few minutes here and there, scanning these pictures at work and emailing them to myself (our copy machine will email jpeg files). And I've added the images to my digital photo frame - so I can see this priceless art all the time, and it isn't hidden away in a box in the basement.
I've kept a few pieces of art that I really liked:
or because they're really good.
I don't feel bad about letting the pictures go - I know they're safe, with the memories that go along with them. And, I can share them with their Grandma and Dad and whoever else I can. :)
Now, only two more boxes to go.