Episode 145: Raising Creative Children

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In this week’s episode, Holly, Angeline and Julia discuss how to nurture creativity in the children in your life. Whether you’re a parent or not, there will be insights of value in this episode, not only for encouraging creativity in family members, but also for nurturing your own inner child.

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Is creativity important?

  • Obviously yes! But writers would say that.
  • Lots of career opportunities if you think outside the box.
  • Problem-solving is a valued skill in many sectors (and creative brains are better at it).
    • The kind of skills that employers always look for, and often find lacking in a lot of candidates are good communication skills, both written and spoken, the ability to think on one’s feet and improvise, having big ideas, and working well as part of a team, which are all skills that are rife among people who take part in creative activities.
  • Good for mental health and emotional well-being.

What are the benefits for children?

  • Early years development centres on creativity: fine motor control develops through arts and crafts; imagination, creative play, and roleplaying are essential learning tools for life.
  • Increases focus as they get older.
  • Teaches the benefits of practice and encourages persistence.
  • Music may be linked to better performance in maths.
    • Mixed data on this but it makes sense when you acknowledge that music is jam-packed with mathematical concepts like measures, timing, division, etc.
  • Learning through music and/or rhyme helps with retention – we still remember the mnemonics we used to remember the planets in our solar system!
  • Ballet and other dance styles can improve performance in sports.
  • Helps in the development of empathy.

What can we do as parents?

  • Encourage creative play from a young age.
  • Avoid saying harmful things like “that’s not productive” or “you’ll never make money that way”.
  • Provide art supplies, musical instruments, costumes etc.
  • Don’t worry about clutter but make time to clear spaces to make room for creative pursuits.
  • Give them room to experiment – let them make mistakes, and don’t pressure them to be perfect.
  • Take an interest in their ideas but don’t try to get involved unless invited – allow them to have something that is theirs.
    • My dad “took over” my interest in photography which put me off.
  • Creative adventures – let the child choose an outing to a museum, park, or some other place of inspiration and encourage them to think creatively about that choice.
  • Allow them to make a mess and join in! Show them you’re willing to get your hands covered in paint or clay etc. Then encourage them to help clean up – two life lessons for the price of one! (Julia highly disagrees and avoids this at all costs, haha!)
  • Connect with your own creativity and nurture your inner child, especially if you have memories of negativity around creativity from your own childhood.
  • Don’t force creativity or expect your children to be highly creative just because you are – some people are wired differently and aren’t creative in a conventional way, and that’s okay!

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Rogue One by Serge Narcissoff | https://soundcloud.com/sergenarcissoff
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