A lot of people have this belief that creativity is a talent—that it is an inherent trait. This means that only those born with it can create wonderful, beautiful things. Contrary to such popular beliefs, creativity is a skill. And just like any other skill, creativity can be developed, given the right exercises, focus, and opportunities to showcase it. As a parent, you surely want your kids to become a creative individual. After all, creativity is a currency that your kids can use once they become adults.
While your kids are still at the developmental phase, introducing creativity exercises may help them develop their flair. You may find this quite taxing, but it is necessary for assisting them to break the mold, experiment with things, and eventually become a creative individual. If you are looking for some tips to do just that, here are some of the pointers for you and your kids.
Enroll them in skills-enriching classes
If your kids know their strengths, maybe it is time that you enrolled them in classes and training that allow your kids to become better creative. For one, if your kid wants to be a storyteller, enroll them in writing classes. Who knows, they may be even able to publish a children’s book for sale, for free.
Let them ask questions
In essence, creativity starts with wonder. When you are curious about something, imagination runs. This is why kids ask a lot of questions—they may not realize it, but they are starting to hone their creativity. No matter how crazy the questions are, the truth is they are actually finding some ways to answer them creatively, and they just need your opinion or validation. Do not silence your kids when they ask questions. Just be patient, and you will surely see that their inquisitiveness will be worth it.
Give them their space
Painters have their studios. Scientists have their labs. And writers have their quiet nooks at coffee shops. What this means is that creativity is bred in places where the creative person thrives. This is why you will need to provide your kid with some space for themselves. It could be that mini-playground in the yard, a library in their bedroom, or their playroom at home.
Let them do what they want
You cannot always force into your kids the activities they do not want. This is why many kids do not end up too creative—they are forced to do things that they do not like. So if your kid wants to play the guitar, let them; give them even a good instrument. Let your kids do what they want and support them with their decision. After all, what they will pursue will surely be something worthy of their time and effort.
Creative kids are not born. They are made. They become creative with the right guidance and support from their parents. You, as a parent, should always show your full support, as this will surely inspire your kids to do better, to do more.