One of the most amazing things about having kids is getting to see how they see the world. Children see the world in such a fundamentally different way to adults that it can be truly amazing. They often have a wonderfully imaginative and creative way of viewing things that it can be truly amazing to watch. The only sad thing about it is the way that they can lose it as they get older. Well, that’s not actually the case. Your little ones don’t have to lose that creative flair as they get older. With that in mind, here are just a few ways that you can help to encourage and foster your little one’s creativity.
Give them an outlet
One of the best things that you can do for your child is to make sure that you give them an outlet for their creative energy. Kids can often want to express themselves in a whole lot of ways but they don’t necessarily know how to do that. Giving them something to focus their energies into can be incredibly valuable. Things like art supplies, second hand pianos, or even a computer to let them start making and creating things digitally, are all great ways to give your child a conduit through which to filter their creative energies. They might bounce from one thing to another at first but at least they’re getting the chance to really explore their creativity.
Listen to them
For the longest time, the general idea was that children should be “seen and not heard.” This, unsurprisingly, is terrible advice for any parent. If your child feels like their perspectives and thoughts are being ignored then they’re going to start pushing them down and that’s the death of creativity. Your child has a totally unique perspective on the world. Foster that and encourage it by listening to them and letting them know that the things that they think are just as valuable as whatever the adults around them have to say.
Encourage their interests
It’s often surprisingly easy to let yourself fall into the habit of trying to push your child towards the kinds of creative interests and passions that you happen to share. You might really love music so you’ll naturally hope that your child does the same. However, you need to remember that your child is their own person and you can’t force them to care about what you care about. Instead, look at the things that your child is interested in and encourage that as much as you can.
Of course, not all creativity is going to look the same. To assume that creativity always looks like drawing beautiful art or making amazing music is to take a seriously narrow perspective on life. Look at the things that your child likes to do and the way that they see the world. Whatever those things are, they’re likely to be pretty unique to your child. The key is to make sure that you do what you can to help them hold onto whatever it is that makes them truly unique.