Are You A Binner Or a Keeper?

Before I was a Mum myself I used to go round to friends houses and see their fridges covered in their children's doodles. I used to think how messy it looked, I always said that I wouldn't be one of those parents who has millions of doodles all over the house. Skip forward 10 years and as a Mum of 4 children, my house is overflowing with the kid's arty creations. I just can't bring myself to bin them! They have sat and purposely drew a little doodle and lovingly brought it home for me, I cherish every single one! We even created a wall in the dining room to display their artwork as the fridge was getting rather full.
A new study* released today has unearthed the guilty secrets of parents across London. The research revealed that 64% of parents are forced to bin 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.

The statistics, which 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.

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.

Now I have 4 children I have to start cutting back on the art displays before it overruns the house. I may have to take some advice from above and start to palm it off on other family members. What do you think of the survey results above, do you fit into any of the survey results? Are you a binner or a keeper?

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