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Raising a Creative Child

by , 22nd Jan 2014

Creativity is not something a child is born with. It is something that needs to be nurtured from the very early years of life.

Parents are extremely influential as they are the ones who need to provide the environment for a child’s creativity to flow. It is up to parents to spark their child’s creativity and encouraging curiosity.

Why creativity is important

Virginia Shiller, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and author, says:1


In a society in which it seems many parents are focused on children developing skills as early and as fast as possible, the value of creativity can be ignored.

As parents, it is essential that children have the following experiences:2

  • Downtime: Stress is a creativity killer so it is important that children take a break from constant homework and their busy lives to give their brains a chance to relax. This time could be used to nap, daydream, read or walk.
  • Failure: Of course parents don’t want to see their children fail, but it is important for children to learn from these experiences. Research shows that when we fail, we learn more than when we succeed.
  • Playtime: Letting children play with props and make up pretend stories is one of the best ways for a child’s creativity to grow.

How to raise creative children

The following are great steps to take in order to best raise a creative child. Some of the steps may not be easy, but it is the duty of the parent to do the following for the sake of the child:

  • Let them make mistakes: This goes hand-in-hand with experiencing failure. Children who are afraid of failure are less likely to think creatively.
  • Embrace a mess: Don’t let your need for a clean space take over when your child is in their creative element. The creative benefits are much better than the temporary mess.
  • Be open-minded: Your child’s creative thinking may not be in line with yours, but that doesn’t make it wrong. Encourage your child to think independently and be flexible with their ideas.
  • Give them space: Step back and let your child’s creativity flow free without you impeding on their creative zone. A child that feels he or she is under surveillance may be less likely to take risks, thus diminishing creativity.

For more ideas on how to welcome more creativity into your home, read these 52 Creative Ideas for 52 Weeks of Fun from Crayola.5

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  •' igor terzic says:

    Surely that children who watch a cartoon that are tailored to their age can a lot of instructive and applicable to learn , a time to acquire properties that will later help them to grow into responsible and smart people .
    Cartoons are not only sound colors and variety of shapes , but much more than that, through their children saznavaju how life works and what is the best way to get themselves fit into it , and so they start to explore the world in which we live in an intelligent and wise way .
    Crtaci are there as an aid to growth and acceptance of those rules of conduct that apply in the real world , but with a little extra one without which the children’s childhood was emptier and less imaginative , because such children are getting everything they need to see and learn how to behave in certain situations that are not very familiar environment in which children live every day .
    This is a good way and an opportunity to be parents even closer together and achieve better contact with their children , following along the adventures of their favorite characters through which they pass and which are part of the child’s imagination and play with that have much to gain , and in turn to give a little more attention to what interests them and what is an essential part of their childhood .

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