C, a prolific creator of every kind of art, decided yesterday that she was going to “make a picture to sell”. I don’t think her motivation was financial (she tends to forget to spend birthday and pocket money, which accumulates in piggy banks and purses around her bedroom) but I’m not sure exactly it was, perhaps curiosity – to test the market? Her father and I exchanged furtive anxious glances and then fixed encouraging smiles on our faces. “Who would you like to invite to buy it?”, I asked. C looked around, scanning her environment for purchasers. “The neighbours?” she suggested. At this even I, committed to letting our children explore and experience the world without imposing the restrictions of my own limiting beliefs and “socialisation”, felt a bit panicky. And that is how my daughter’s “Beautiful Flower” picture was put up for auction on eBay.