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Photo: lapandr (Shutterstock) Around his fourth birthday, a boy I was fostering began drawing what he called “ghost families.” He couldn’t quite draw people, but he could draw something that resembled ghosts, and they were darling. Once he landed on his artistic specialty, he lingered there for a while—that is to say, the stacks of colored construction paper with ghost family after ghost family began to pile up. I could hardly bring myself to part with a single one, knowing he’d be in my life only temporarily. Each one felt special, and yet…how many ghost family pictures does one woman need? See? You’d have saved them, too. Photo: Meghan Moravcik Walbert (Eleven, apparently. I just counted, and apparently this woman needs eleven ghost families.) It can feel like every guided preschool art project, finger-paint masterpiece, and self-portrait is too precious to part with. But a decade into parenting, I’ve learned that these creations just keep coming and coming. The sweet “stick-figure family portrait phase” eventually morphs into the “intricate battle scene full of all kinds of imaginative weapons phase.” (No, just us?) You will love it all, and it will take over your home— unless you come up with a good method for saving the memories while allowing most of the paper to slip through your fingers. Here are some suggestions to try. Save a representative sample Themes will emerge in your child’s artwork over time. The aim is to capture a little bit of (almost) everything. Once they’re […]