Creative Children: Could Your Child Have The Solution For The World?

by Donovan Grant on November 28, 2011

Creative Children: Could Your Child Have The Solution For The World?

By Donovan Grant

“We are all creative, but by the time we are three or four years old, someone has knocked creativity out of usWhen I came across this quote from Maya Angelou, it kind of stopped me in my tracks! What did she mean that we are all creative? And who knocked it out of us?

I read a little further and then Maya explained…  “some people shut up the kids who start to tell stories. Kids dance in the cribs, but someone will insist they sit still.”

Can I ask you a personal question?  Have you ever thought to yourself "where is that creative child that I once was?"

Me too!

Sometimes when I share family time with my kids, there’s the odd flashback to what our family did together just a few years ago; noughts and crosses, chess, subbuteo football, writing and building go-carts. Nothing electric or battery powered, all driven by our own steam.

With all the PC’s, internet, mobiles, digital TV and other advances – could we be stifling our kid’s creativity?

The thing is that it is so easy for us to get caught up with what is on the shelves in the local store as being educational and fun, rather than looking in our own back yards and with items that we already have to create memories, education, and beautiful projects.

Even though every child is born with the natural ability, desire, passion and need to be creative. We often think that we have to teach them how to be really creative; we don’t need to do this. Children already know how to be creative. They are born with it; It is simply who they are.

Has your child ever been unable to sleep for hours (and they usually have no problem)? Could it have been that their mind was still active, in overdrive imagining all the fun things they can do and create?

Help your children to never lose that creativity.

As a full-time working dad I know that sometimes it can be so easy to plop children down in front of TV or video games. But I also know that they really do hunger for more creative pursuits. Maybe it’s a time to keep alive some of the traditional values and activities that can inspire our young people and help bring families closer together.

The amazing thing is that creativity can be expressed in so many ways – it doesn’t have to be drawing, writing or anything to do with a pen at all…

A couple of weeks ago I came home from work and there was a lovely aroma in the house of fresh baking. It was a cake, maybe madeira cake or even carrot cake; it smelt nice. The kitchen was a no entry zone for me! My 9 year old son Nathan emerged with a grin from ear to ear and he sat me down to recount the baking journey that he had just taken. He had made a Victoria sponge cake (one of my favourites) all on his own including jam centre and icing on top. No help from mum or big sister.

Can you describe a sponge cake as melt in your mouth? Our Nathan did a great job and we were so proud of him. We can’t wait for his next baking day.

So what about the level of creativity in your house? Are you allowing the desires and talents of the young ones to flow naturally? Or are you unknowingly telling your child’s creativity to sit still?

Give yourself and your family permission to be creative, it will be amazing and will allow you to appreciate what and who you have around you even more.

The development of the child is most important for all our families; so we need to help a child have the opportunities to express themselves creatively. We must also remember to reward them with fair and positive feedback. Hey, sometimes you may even have to allow their ‘work of art’ to occupy the prime spot in the family living room for a few days more than you wish to!

How do we develop a spirit of creativity in our children? We just need to slow down, be more mindful, observe and look around at all the beauty and inspiration around us. It’s all natural.

Ps. You may even get some of your old creativity back too.

Let’s keep creativity alive!

Donovan Grant is a coach, mentor, blogger, speaker and IT professional who brings his wisdom of parenting for the last 21 years and coaching clients through the stages of raising youth and empowering leaders with life lessons that are changing generations.  He is a passionate and committed leader who believes that we all have the ability to help to change someone else’s life. Actively doing so as a catalyst for many years he teaches how to live a life of success, balance, integrity and fun, whether at work or at play. www.donovangrant.com

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  • Excellent article Donovan….’Creativity’ is part of the heart and soul of all children and it is something as parents that we must be passionate about encouraging, protecting  and participating in the creativity of our children… Thank you, Hughie

  • Sue

    Great post, Donovan!!    Creativity should never be stifled!

  • Donovan,
    WOW, What a great post. How I wish every home could post this article and live by it. Wouldn’t it be a different world? One of my goals in life is to help grown=ups touch that same spark in themselves, but having it never extinguished as a child…that’s the best!
    Thank you for your always thoughtful posts!

  • Great article Donovan!  It amazes me what children will come up with when we allow them to explore their creativity!  

  • I really love this article Donovan…when we get out of their way and learn to walk beside them rather than hover over them, our children will be what they were intended to be.

  • Shahina Lakhani

    I love it! 

  • I like this article on creativity. I like what you said about allowing the desires and talents of the young ones to flow naturally.

  • So true Don..I remember when my girls were younger, the fun they had in the kitchen baking –every now and then they still bake. Life and games are more technological wifi based these days yet I feel even if you are playing electronic chess or ski slopping on the wii, its the time spent, 1 on 1 that makes a d iffference to your relationship with your child. Kids just enjoy parents undivided attention.

  • Cheers Hughie, creativity is key!

  • Me too Michele.I love your goal for adults, that is awesome – do keep me posted how you get on with that. You are an inspiration to many!

  • True words Denny. Let’s spread the word “get out of the way and walk beside!”

  • Cheers Shahina!

  • Thanks so much Claudia! It means a lot to have your feedback!

  • Ntathu, thanks for your wisdom!

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