Creative Kids

Creativity means uniqueness, bringing into being something new. The opposite of creativity is conformity where a child is expected to do things only in the way she has been tonight.

Children are creative by nature. Parents encourage or discourage their natural creativity in the ways that they relate to them.

How to encourage creativity: –

Encourage creative thinking right from the beginning. A toddler may jabber away about factually wrong things like a train flying, etc – resist the temptation to correct him. Let him think freely.

  • Foster a sense of independence – if your child is dependent upon your approval and permission for everything, she will always follow the rules and stifle her own creative impulses.
  • Encourage the child to take responsibility for her mistakes and actions.
  • Believe that making mistakes is an essential part of learning and teach your children the same belief.
  • Teach tolerance and openness to new experiences and the unfamiliar.
  • Teach self-confidence and the ability to follow through on her own instincts.
  • Encourage a child to think critically and ask the question why?
  • Encourage her to dream big.
  • Teach children how to make their dreams come true through hard work and setting of realistic goals. Praise liberally for all achievements.
  • Encourage fantasy play, story writing or any talent the child might have.
  • Teach persistence through praise, encouragement and example.
  • Many creative children tend to be loners.

How to encourage creativity: –

  • Foster the love of reading as it helps develop the imagination and also helps to expose the child to as yet unknown worlds.
  • Discourage TV and computer games, creativity flourishes in the absence of there.
  • Accept that creativity is also expressed in mischief and doing things that you may disapprove of.
  • Avoid comparisons.
  • Don’t ignore their persistent questions of why & how?
  • Don’t teach safety at the cost of exploration and natural curiosity.
  • Spend time with your children.
  • Don’t insist on conformity with all rules or doing things in only one ‘proper’ way or ‘best way’.
  • Don’t ridicule or put down her creative efforts.
  • Don’t teach children to devalue their own opinions and judgements by saying things like ‘you’re too young to know’.
  • Don’t talk down regularly to a child.
  • Don’t rush to constantly entertain them. Let them play on their own. Allow them to work out solutions to games, puzzles by themselves. Praise the effort, not just the result.
  • Don’t create stereotypes for your children by using gender or age
  • Set a good example.

What you say if you want to: –

Discourage Creativity
Encourage creativity
  • Why can’t you just be like your friend and do your homework on time?
  • If you don’t do your homework on time, you have to suffer the consequence.
  • No one else is complaining
  • What is it you dislike?
  • This is the way this family does things
  • May be you do have a better way of doing this. Tell me about your idea and may be we can all try it.
  • You are too little to run this race but may be when you get older you can try it.
  • If you think you can run the race and are willing to train for it, go ahead and give it a try. Nothing would surprise me about what you can do when you really put your mind to it.
  • You’re not the right build to be a model, but may be you could work in advertising.
  • If you love modeling, go for it. With your talent and determination. I know that you’ll be sensational at whatever you do.
  • You got the highest mark in the class. I’m so proud of you.
  • You got the highest mark in the class. I’m so proud of you.- Not only did you get the highest mark in class, you worked hard and now know 50 more words than you did last week. I’m so proud of you.

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