Creating The Right Future For Your Child

Creativity is a trait we all value in our youngsters. From the age they can pick up a crayon, we encourage them to draw. Once they’re old enough, we teach them to tell stories. At some stage, though, this respect for creativity often disappears. This is evidenced by the fact that, with the exceptions or artists, etc., most adults don’t have the same connection to creation as their children. Some parents and schools even actively encourage kids away from creative pursuits as more academic priorities come to the fore.

For some of us, though, this switch from the creative seems a shame. We sorely miss those pictures on the kitchen fridge or those wild tales our kids used to tell. And, our kids tend to miss them even more.

The good news is that there are steps you can take to stop your children from losing that creative spark.

Choose a school that values creativity

For young kids, even lessons like maths and geography tend to involve crafts to aid understanding. As our children get older, though, this focus on creative thinking tends to take a backseat. Luckily, there are schools out there that continue to value creativity in older children. Just take time to research facilities like Leicester High primary school with its creative approach. A school like this aims to keep your kid’s creative juices flowing for much longer, and could even help their learning as a result.

Encourage creative pursuits

Too often, parents encourage their kids away from creative pursuits past a certain point. They worry about the sustainability of art and what could happen if their child went down that path. But, such fears will only stifle your child’s inherent creative nature, and that won’t help anyone. Instead, do whatever you can to encourage creative pursuits. Buy your child the craft supplies they need or encourage them to join creative after-school classes like art and drama. Even just encouraging a love of reading can help to hold onto the creative nature we should all value in the next generation.

Lead by example

As with anything, leading by example can be invaluable here. If your children don’t see creativity around the home, then they may slip out of these habits despite your best efforts. Instead, use this as an excuse to get back in touch with the creative nature you lost somewhere along the way. Get into the habit of colouring or painting during your evenings. You could even use crafts for fun quality time with your kids. Either way, showing your child your love for creativity is guaranteed to enhance theirs. 

Encouraging ongoing creative thinking in children is vital for everything from critical thinking to happiness. So, don’t fall into the trap of casting creativity aside once your youngsters reach a certain age. Instead, cast that creation net wide so that they keep this skill with them their whole lives long. 

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