Creativity is a key building block to raising successful children. The problem is many parents don’t teach or promote creativity which in effect limits their child’s ability to be creative. By emphasizing creativity we show our children how to think outside the box, how to solve problems, how to reason, and to plan for the future.
Children are naturally creative from a very young age. They start by playing pretend; dress up, tea parties, cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, and so on. It is fun to participate with your children as they partake in such things. Let them lead and watch as you learn how they might think outside the box. Maybe they use a table and a blanket to build a fort or a castle. If you take the time to think about it your children are making a great discovery, they are solving problems and using reason while learning and having fun.
Kids have a tendency to surprise you with their ability to overcome obstacles that stand in their way. As parents, we need to be careful not to squash that ability in them by not showing our support. With good intentions, it is easy to start to limit our children’s creativity. We may tell them that the way they did it was not correct or there is an easier way. At times we may not show the support they need by not showing interest. It is important to be supportive and to allow the children to dream and come up with their own ideas while cheering them on.
Promote creativity in children by asking questions. Ask them how they came up with such a unique solution to their problem. It is all about learning and they are learning so much everyday. Be part of it by showing them that you care and that they can count on you for support.