This was not my plan for my 10 year old son's room...
I envisioned a beautiful gallery wall for this spot.
But my 10 year old decided to take charge with the room decor.
Although I must say, he proudly informed me that he was "very careful to hang it up straight"...with thumbtacks. As you can see, he also keeps his Knex Roller Coaster right below the poster.
When he then decided to rearrange the shelf above his desk by displaying Lego projects along with all of his trophies, I decided - well it's his room! I guess he should be able to express himself!
He is getting to that age where he definitely wants to make decisions about his things. Even when we redecorated his room almost 2 years ago - (My Son's Room - Before and After) he was already involved with many of the decisions I made.
While looking at the poster tacked to the wall and the collection of treasures scattered around, I recalled a book I read a few years ago - The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. If you haven't read the book, you really should! Actually, you must! It was one of the most inspiring books I have ever read and reminded me of what is important in life. Randy Pausch was diagnosed with terminal cancer and in his lecture he emphasizes the importance of overcoming obstacles in life and seizing every moment. In fact, I just dug the book out of my nightstand (where I store books that mean something to me) and I plan to read it over again.
"Anyone out there who is a parent, if your kids want to paint their bedrooms, as a favor to me, let them do it." - Randy Pausch
A version of the above quote has always stuck in my head. Although my kids were little when I read the book, I remember thinking that some day I will have to let them express themselves in their rooms. Pausch's parents did an incredible job of encouraging his creativity. I want to be that type of parent.
"I really do see myself as a guy who had this incredible leg up in life because I had a mother and a father who got so many things right," - Randy Pausch
I want my kids to tell inspiring stories about me someday. I want to my kids to remember their childhood as being "magical" like Pausch did. What an incredible gift that would be!
Of course I will not be allowing my boys to paint pictures or draw a quadratic formula on the wall like Pausch had!...
But a poster, yeah I can deal with that!
Do your kids "help" decorate their rooms?
Have you read The Last Lecture?