At some point or another our kids will make us regret the time we put a marker, crayon or pencil in their tiny little hands. It seems they reach a certain age where paper is not enough to express their creativity and they feel the need to use the walls, banister or even floors as their canvas.
While we may have become experts at finding ways to get crayon out of carpet or pen off the walls, our little ones continue to challenge us with the messes they create.
One dad, a neurosurgeon and professor, shared a tweet that every parent on the internet can relate to.
"Your kids are going to do things they shouldn't," Eric Massicotte captioned the tweet. "It helps if you married someone with a sense of humor."
In parenting it always does. So what was his genius hack that has us all intrigued?
Like children all around the world Massicotte's son drew on the wall of their house. With permanent marker, of course.
"We were getting the kids ready for school. As part of their usual routine during breakfast, they practice writing their letters, numbers, etc. My wife and I were getting the boys' lunches and backpacks ready to take them to school. We took our eyes off them just for a moment when our eldest decided he would "˜teach' his little brother how to draw a house ... using our wall as his chalkboard ..." he recalled.
After stopping their kids from coloring on the wall, they left to take them to school. When he returned home later, Massicotte saw that his wife had come up with a solution for spontaneous creative moment in their son's life.
"When I arrived home I found that my wife had presented the drawing with a frame and plaque," he shares. "We had a laugh and I decided to tweet it as a compliment to her."
Your kids are going to do things they shouldn't. It helps if you married someone with a sense of humour. pic.twitter.com/VVTstejBJO— Eric Massicotte (@DrMassicotte) November 14, 2017
His wife didn't leave it there though. The couple decided to formally name their son's art.
They came up with the name, "Interrupted House, 2017." The title card also lists the talented artist's name: R.C. Massicotte, b. 2011. And further describes the artwork as "marker on latex paint, gifted to his parents by surprise, November 13."
The tweet has since been liked over 300,000 times and retweeted over 125,000 times.
Will you do this the next time your child draws on the walls? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.