Children are born creative. All we must do is to nurture their talents and shape their creativity. But, how is this possible? Being a creative mom requires a lot of hard work and patience. There is no place for ignorance and negligence. Even though the final approach should be unique for each child, we have identified 4 essential factors that will help you in raising a creative child. Let’s have a look.
Let me stress this point again. Children are born creative. But they need opportunities to showcase their creativity and fine-tune their skills. They must be given a space to explore and invent, to question and ideate, to learn and invent and finally to upgrade themselves. Wishing for your kid to be creative and restricting their actions cannot go hand in hand. Instead, you can channelize their actions so that everybody benefits. When your kids start drawing on the wall, you can either be angry about it and stop him from drawing or be creative and offer them a canvas to draw and even allocate a portion of the wall for them to draw. A positive environment is what they need. And when they get better with their skills, provide options for improvisation and encourage them to be more creative.
Offer Time to Learn
We have agreed on creating a favorable atmosphere, enough supplies and an encouraging support for our kids. Now, it is time for them to do something using these resources. It is possible that, at this point, the boss hidden inside us wakes up. If we are running a company or working as a senior manager in a firm, we would expect our employees to work efficiently after we have provided everything they demanded. Don’t apply the same logic to your children. Even after all this hard work from our side, they might decide to not do it, because they lost their interest, or they simply found something else more interesting. Even if they start doing it, they might do it in a completely different way than it is supposed to be. Do not lose your patience. Give them time. And they will come back and do it later. Even if they don’t, be ready to accept it.
Let them Fail and Learn
Nobody likes failure. Being a parent, most of us want our children to be successful in each and every stage. The reality is that we learn more when we fail than when we succeed. When our kids fail, we can use that experience to help them learn from the situation. Kids who are afraid of failure and judgment will curb their own creative thought. So, failures can even help the kid to move on and accept challenges. The determination to figure out a problem or making something new will definitely help the kid to develop his personality in a positive manner.
Play with Children
Always spend some quality time with your children. Whenever kids see someone doing something interesting, his or her natural instinct will be to mimic the action. When a kid sees an artist at work, he might want to draw something too. This is their basic nature. They imitate. They experiment. That is how they find new interests. Playing with them will help you understand these traits and offers an opportunity to introduce something new to them. Happiness is a key to creativity. Sit down and sketch next to your child or enthuse over your own latest motorbike or furniture redesigning project. You will be amazed at their speed to acquire new knowledge.
A Final Word
As parents, it is our responsibility to help our kids think out of the box. Being creative is a not a stand-alone phase in life, rather it should be a continuous and evolving process. When you create opportunities for them to experiment, offer time for them to evolve, allow them to learn from their mistakes and find time to be with them, you are already on the path of developing a creative soul. As Sue Atkins once said, ‘There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So, just be a real one.’
First Published at Creative Moms Hub