Yesterday, I received a comment from a reader regarding the 'contest' I had here about my childrens artwork.
She said: Why would you do this to your children??! would you like your "art" judged??
Normally this type of comment wouldn't faze me (too much). If it was about my scrapbooking, my cake baking or something like that. But when a question is put to me about my parenting, I feel compelled to reply. Here is the answer I sent to the email that was provided (which bounced, it was not a valid email address, funny that!).
First I did this because they asked me too. But also (and mainly) because I knew my friends here would give me lots of different comments and my children would see them and know that different people from around the world liked THEIR work.
That judging something like this is subjective and fun. My hope is that from this they will learn that
we all have different opinions, different ideas, and most importantly different reasons for liking or not liking something. That no one is right or wrong. But that art is subjective.
Sure enough that worked…..I had lots of answers. 4 for the croc, 7 for the seahorse and 7 for the fish. The amount was pretty even, and showed that people out there loved their artwork.
My kids are very stable and clever kids that are lucky to live in a loving environment. I would never do something that I didn’t think they could handle.
I’m assuming you asked your question as a genuine question, not one of malice and thus I have replied.
Have a wonderful day!
As an aside, I read each and every comment to my children this morning. They were so happy to hear everyones generous and kind comments about their work. They loved hearing/reading the different reasons that people liked their art. They loved hearing that people liked all their work equally, but chose one for a specific reason. It was a valuable lesson to them in this age when kids aren't allowed to 'win' a game of netball for fear of the opponents feelings being hurt.