24 hours to do a million tasks for yourself, your children, your household, and now you’re wondering about your child’s creativity? If your child is struggling in math, you can hire a tutor. If your child is sick, you can call a doctor. Answers are such a comfort to a working mother, but who do you call when you worry about your children’s creativity and how it will affect them? Creativity goes beyond self-expression, but also demonstrates self-confidence, cognitive abilities, and leadership skills. When you start at a young age, you can feel confident your child’s creativity will not suffer, and many of these qualities will shine through. We’ve prepared a few helpful tools to inspire the creative spark in your home that will help take the stress off the working mother.
Think of it this way – A purple sky, blue grass, or a green dog. Inspire your child to think outside of the box and to think of ideas on their own. Do not focus on what is correct or incorrect, but congratulate the interest in trying to express creative thinking. Even if it may seem irrelevant to you, it’s important not to dismiss your child’s creativity. Especially if it’s initiated on your child’s behalf completely. Originality stems from mistakes and original ideas do not come about without first trying different things. It’s important for your child to feel approval from those they love most!
Create a space just for them that has all the tools necessary for their success. Meaning paint, paper, crayons, colored pencils, whatever they are interested in. This also minimizes the chances of them using inappropriate canvases such as the wall when left unsupervised – it happens! Encourage them to decorate their space with pieces of their own art. Including books in this area is recommended. The more your child learns, the more interested in things they become. Curiosity is a key component to a creative thinker!
Lead their Imagination
Kids are notorious for asking “why” to every question! Instead of responding, answer a question with a question. Lead your child to their answer, instead of giving them the answer. This requires them to start thinking in a different way, and eventually, they will start asking more questions, and you will see a difference in the depth of the questions asked. When they are telling a story, try to ask as many questions as possible to get them to give as many details as possible.
It’s important to take your kids to the great outdoors to inspire their creativity, too. There are so many elements that can spark new ideas and questions, and it’s a great bonding experience! It’s a great idea to take any safe objects home, and they can be kept in the creative space at parent’s discretion. It’s very important to engage with your child as much as possible in this process and ask questions about the surrounding area, such as the clouds, the trees, plants, flowers, or anything applicable. Kids love things as simple as worms and dirt! It’s just important to get your child interested and to let them know you’re interested too.
As anything, it is best to keep an eye on your child’s creativity because it can always be improved. Creativity to a child is one of the most necessary elements to the development of personalities and it’s important to be involved in that process. Even if you aren’t strongly “creative”, engagement with your child’s discovery and exploration may spark something in you, too!