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How Does Your Child Create?

Is your child creative? Actually, I can answer, “Yes!” for you without meeting your children, for all of us have a creative bent.

Too often, though, we’re anxiously examining our preschooler’s artwork, piano experimentation, acting skills or storytelling attempts for signs of the next da Vinci, Shirley Temple or Shakespeare while overlooking valuable, yet perhaps less flashy, forms of creativity. The danger is that we might not encourage or even provide opportunities for our children to display other styles.

For example, are you giving your child chances to

  • Be efficient? One form of creativity involves finding the best way to do something—organize belongings, pack a lunch, write thank you notes, etc. Some parents with these talents do it all for their children, never giving their budding process geniuses time to hone their skills.
  • Do things better? Some children really do love to practice, whether it’s a task they can do better and better or sports skills or music. If you’re easily bored with routine, experiment with letting your child stick with something they’re learning longer than you would have!
  • Solve problems? Gather your children’s input on such dilemmas as, How can you eat together as a family on nights when siblings have soccer games at different fields? What would make school mornings go more smoothly? How could you make a mini golf course in the back yard without digging any holes?
  • Explore information? While genius is often portrayed as unique insights from nowhere, many creative geniuses hunt down every scrap of information available before starting anything. If your child is obsessed with bugs or trading cards or reading everything by a single author or on a single subject, relax—they may be developing this kind of creativity.

While watching too much television definitely kills creativity, take a good look at the above examples. Just about anything else your child pursues wholeheartedly can encourage creativity!

By Jane Kise, Ed.D. – Educational Advisor and Consultant, 
Jane  writes an insightful post every Tuesday for Kidtelligent. Jane is an educational consultant, specializing in teambuilding, coaching, and school staff development. She is also the coauthor of more than 20 books. Jane’s website  is http://www.edcoaching.com/