Monday Mom Confession

Monday Mom ConfessionEvery week I do a Monday Mom Confession because while we all want the very best for our children, it’s impossible to do everything right all the time.  Admitting that is freeing – and it’s also encouraging to other moms in the midst of intense seasons.  I’d love for you to join me – share a link to your own confession post in the comments, or just make your confession here!  Let’s throw off the weight of perfection and get real around here!

When my son started preschool, I loved that he came home with artwork every day.  He was proud, and so was I.

But then, it kept rolling in.  Every day a couple more masterpieces were added to the pile.  It was getting ridiculous and our fridge {which, of course, is the natural gallery for all budding artists} was getting full.

What’s a mama to do?  How to deal with all the beauty that was cluttering up my countertops?

I’ll tell you how I dealt with it – it went into the trash can or the recycle bin.

There was just one flaw with this perfect solution – on occasion, my little one would open the trash to throw something away and see his beloved creation in there.  “Hey!  What’s my picture doing in the garbage?” he would ask.  And I would have to feign surprise.  “Oh my goodness!  How did that happen?!?  That shouldn’t be in there!” and we’d shake off the coffee grounds and smooth it out and set it back on the countertop.

Until one day, when a particularly beautiful piece came home.  “Conlan!” I said.  “I love this so much, can I take it to work and put it up in my office?”

He was so proud, he agreed immediately.

a few of the masterpieces in my office
a few of the masterpieces in my office

And then every day thereafter he would bring home his latest creation and ask, “Do you want to take it to work and put it in your office?”

Could it really be that easy?  “Yes!  I’d love to take it to work.  What a great idea!”

And so, his artwork began making its way to my office with regularity…


…where there is zero chance that he will accidentally run into it in the trash can.

I know that some mothers make great scrapbooks or take digital pics of their kids’ artwork.  I’m not that organized and I know I’ll never do anything with them, so I don’t even pretend to try.  Some of the more special, time-intensive, or impressive pieces, I keep {of course}.  But the worksheets and random drawings…they go to work with me where I throw them away without a bit of guilt.  And that’s my confession for the day.

Do you have a confession to make or have you blogged about your own imperfections?  Throw off the weight of perfection and join me – confess in the comments!

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15 thoughts on “Monday Mom Confession

  1. Did you write this, or did you steal my brain and download my exact thoughts/actions??? Seriously, I can everything… unless it contains hard work (from the daycare teacher, I’m sure), foot or hand prints, or the possibility that he actually did it. The worksheets/alphabet pages/etc… CAN (trash can, that is). As soon as he catches wind, my office will be the new fridge too. xo

  2. I’m with you, we throw basically everything out, unless it is something really intricate, or if it was a gift to us. We have a few pics framed and handing in the kids bathroom. It actually looks pretty good there! 😉

  3. As I was handed more artwork at daycare this morning (my LO is 18 months) I thought, what the heck am I going to do with these market dots? Love this post!

  4. My daughter is only 2 and I have thrown away quite a few masterpieces already. We haven’t hit the stage yet where she will notice though, that will be the next set of adventures! I love the concept behind the Monday Confessions!

  5. That is one smart mama idea there 🙂 You might also want to check out this article on WMAG about what to do with your kids’ artwork:
    I recently cleaned out my “closet of shame” as pictured in that article, BTW, and many papers got discarded while the kids were at Grandma’s. I kept the ones I thought the kids might want to see when they grow up in a big ol’ plastic bin.

  6. I think we all do it…I stuff it at the very bottom of the bag, I just dont have time or space to store it all, but I let each piece have its time on the fridge to be appreciated.

  7. This made me laugh with delight!!! Meee toooo -coffee grounds part and all. A little less insulting… I do this with some of his small “stupid”(what I term them) toys as well. I feel really guilty when he with loving forgiveness, puts his hands on his hips and says “mommy, you silly, you accidentally through my _______ away.”

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