Newborns and children generally are quite fragile, especially at the beginning of their life and thus require special nurture and creative parenting. Parenting in this early stage of kids’ life is the thing that shapes them into people. As you can see, it’s quintessential and it needs to be taken seriously. One of the parents’ tasks (out of many) is to teach their children how to be creative and to learn how to tap into their imagination. These skills help children later in life, during their education, on the job and life in general. Read on to find more about the secrets to raising creative kids.
1. Help kids start
One of the key tips when it comes to creative parenting ishelping kids start. What does this mean? It means that you are there to help your kids start with their creative process. How do you do that? Provide a little structure and then step back – the kids will do the rest on their own. For example, one mum gives an example where she gives prompts to their kids, such as the beginning of the story where they have to finish the story and illustrate it as well. Or you can provide them with a paper where you started drawing something and they have to finish. The same can be implemented on making something out of playdough, you can start out by making something and the kids will follow and make something even more creative. They just need someone to guide them and show them what they can do.
2. Encourage their curiosity
Children are naturally curious and they tend to ask a lot of questions. Everything interests them and they ask many questions instinctively. What’s more, some of the questions they ask are quite intriguing and they would have never crossed our adult mind. And this is good. But we as parents should foster and encourage that kind of behaviour and not try to keep it down. It can be exhausting for parents when children ask lots of questions, but we need to endure and think about the importance of this skill for the child’s future. We need to listen closely and try to provide answers or even better, give them a question to think about. Parents should always try to inspire kids with simple questions, where kids are encouraged to come up with a solution or an answer. Make children wonder and imagine by asking them ‘what if’ questions.
3. Provide them with creative toys
Creative toys exist to foster children’s creativity even more. Children can learn a lot from these toys. One of the important skills kids learn from playing with these kinds of toys is management skills. This skill is best acquired by playing with smaller scales of real-life features such as legos, or spicing up their toys, for example adding e-Trains railway scenery models to their trains. Other creative toys include a fairy garden, where you grow a magical indoor fairy garden, a pillowcase that you can colour and doodle on, a carpet playmat rug, a kitchen set, a make-your-own comic kit, clay, just to name a few. Give your kids a creative toy and see what they can do with it. You’ll be amazed!
4. Show them that creativity is everywhere
It’s important to show your kids that creativity is everywhere around us, in usual daily activities. Use common actions and activities to teach your kids creativity. Observe and talk about them while in the car, taking a walk or shopping. It’s key being ahead and being prepared for every situation by keeping the kids occupied while you’re waiting for something. Show them how they can use their creativity to make their environment safer, better and eco-friendlier.
5. Leave some freedom in their schedule
Kids’ schedules these days are pretty full of all kinds of pre-arranged activities. But the truth is that kids need some time for unstructured activities that will foster their creativity even more. Children need some time to spend doing some free-form activities as it will help them set their own goals and strategies to reach them. Even when kids say they’re bored, it can be a good thing as this time allows them to daydream and maybe come up with some new ideas. It’s actually a recess for your kids’ brains.
As the world will be led by our kids, we need to make sure that we shape them the best we can. Parents’ job is to provide care for the kids, to foster imagination and creativity and to teach them to be decent people.