Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fabric Cars and parenting.

Yesterday I spent a good part of the day making these fabric letters with my kids for their room. They love them and loved helping me make them. After Breakfast this morning I was laying down with Alfy when C walked up to me with a pencil and told me "don't worry I put the numbers on the race cars." 
oh no. 
all day he had told me they needed numbers and I had told him we would make them another day. I should have known he would take matters into his own hands.

The picture doesn't show it very well but all the cars are covered in scribbled headlights, windows, lines on the wheels.

So now my question was what do I do about it.
I was bummed that our cool cars {my cool cars} looked sloppy and dirty, and he definitely got in trouble for drawing on something without permission, but should I attempt to erase them as part of his punishment, or should I just accept it and the fact that they are in his room.
Plus I am kind of worried that erasing them will ruin them.

Am I being too much of a perfectionist in wanting them to not have pencil scratching on them!?


Anonymous said...

I would say just leave it. At the rate that kids grow out of things, you will have a new project for his room soon, and for now, he has a bit of his own art on the wall.

Mom said...

That is what happens when you have highly creative talented children. Someday he will have his own chilldren putting their marks on his masterpieces and you'll just laugh, knowing that what really matters is that he is a great parent. I'm proud of you.

MelancholySmile said...

I know how you feel. I hate putting so much effort into decorating only to have to navigate my children's contributions. I dont know how well erasing would work, so I think I'd try adding fabric headlights and numbers or draw them with fabric markers just to make them a little neater. If either of those solutions don't solve the 'messy-ness' i'd just leave it. If it's any consolation, I can hardly see it, and when I do it actually seems kind of cute. ;)

merelyLooking said...

I would take a permanent marker and faithfully trace everything he drew. It's a touch of authentic child and it will be personal to him.

Aunt Jeanie said...

I say leave it. I know a woman who eloped because her mother had planned everything for her wedding. Right now you feel like he has trashed your hard work. will pack them away in a box, not bearing to throw those sweet treasures away.