Creative kids come from homes that value creative thinking and exploration.
- Having the ability to create
- Using imagination rather then imitating something else
- The ability to generate ideas, images and/or solutions
Kids who exhibit creative thinking
have other traits in common:
- Curiosity - creative individuals are curious about almost everything... and they tend to ask a lot of questions and exhibit creative thinking. Sometimes a lot of really annoying questions.
- They tend to develop a wide variety of interests and can become quite obsessive. They can be wonderful collectors.
- Good Problem Solvers - they look at the world through a different lens and can come up with very unique solutions to difficult problems.
- Fearless - creative thinkers are often uninhibited, passionate, persistent and not afraid to be different. The untrained parent might label them stubborn, intense, obsessive.
- They tend to generate or recognize new and unique possibilities and alternatives. They have the ability to view things in new ways and perspectives.
- Creative thinking is also closely linked with flexible thinking, tolerance and unpredictability.
Studies have shown that environment is a more important influence in the development of a creative thinker than is heredity. Creativity cannot be taught - it must be nurtured - and modeled.
Creativity is a messy process, cannot be rushed and is very personal. There are no black and white rules for nurturing creativity - but there are some loose guidelines:
- A child's creativety can be encouraged early by creative play at home.
- Encourageing reading and reading aloud nurtures creative thinking.
- Creativity flourishes in a safe an supportive environment - absent of judgement .
- Creative ideas are fragile and must be protected and encouraged.
- Failure should not just be tolerated, but encouraged. Success follows failure.
On the flip side, there are many behaviors that concerned parents sometimes mistake for good parenting techniques which are, in reality Creative Roadblocks.
No sane adult will argue that children should not be taught to adjust their behavior according to the situation they are in - to obey certain rules, and exhibit self-discipline and the ability to make good choices. But life is a balancing act. As a culture we say we value creativity then simultaneously discipline it out of our children. Research has shown that creative individuals usually come from homes that value creative exploration and limit the rules to a sacred few.
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