If you have kids (or have friends that do), chances are that you have seen first-hand both the destruction that kids can do to practically anything of value in the home, as well as the “art” that the parents feel they need to hang on their office wall to share with their co-workers.
So today, Web Watch takes a look at these two sides of the child-rearing coin:
First, let’s look at the inspirational site entitled WHAT OUR KIDS MADE. And be honest – if your child’s primary method of expressing themselves with art is an 8-color box of Crayola crayons and a My Little Pony coloring book, chances are that your kids really don’t have any artistic talent in them.
Still, those same parents proudly tack those handmade drawings up on the refrigerator or on their office cubicle walls to share with all visitors, as if to say “look at my child, the budding Picasso”. WHAT OUR KIDS MADE just takes that sharing one step further, and turns the entire Internet into a giant refrigerator for parents to post their child’s artwork.
Yes, 99% of those drawing really aren’t any good – but once in a while you’ll find something insprirational or amusing – those items that you won’t just throw away after the week’s kitchen art exhibit is over, but will store away in order to bring out as a part of some engagement party slide show in order to induce “Awwwwws” from the audience.
Yes, those are the moments when you should be happy to be a parent.
Which brings us to Web Watch’s second site of the day: CRAP MY KIDS RUINED. Which is exactly what it sounds like.
From pictures of broken cellphones, written-on walls, to a ruined $180,000 Porsche, the site bills itself as “The Strongest Visual Birth Control on the Market Today”. Yes, those of you without kids will laugh at others’ misfortune. Those with kids will be able to commiserate with each other…until something tragic happens in your own home. This site serves as a reminder that you should always take pictures of your prized possessions before the kids arrive — mainly for insurance claim reasons — but also because your stuff won’t look the same after the kids are through.
Remember Web Watch’s HOW TO PREPARE FOR PARENTHOOD list? We’ll just remind you of item #4:
Can you stand the mess children make? To find out, first smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains. Hide a fish finger behind the stereo and leave it there all summer. Stick your fingers in the flowerbeds then rub them on the clean walls. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?
Not so funny now that it’s actually happened to you, is it? Don’t worry – it will be. Just be sure to take that picture and post it on CRAP MY KIDS RUINED for the rest of us.