Want some Tips on how to Model Creativity to your Children?

You know how to start the fire of creativity around you? Be the fire. The way YOU approach life is a tell tale sign as to how seriously you take living a creative life. Openness to trying new things? Check. Coming at a problem from different angles Check. Being a bit spontaneous when the opportunity arises? Check. Check. Check. Can you handle this kind of flexibility?

I think my securities far outweigh my insecurities. I am not nearly as afraid of myself and my imagination as I used to be.

-Billy Connolly

Now let’s translate this to your family. Do you have things that you can put to that your family knows that you are interested in; downright enthusiastic about? Do you find ways to invite them into your process. This simple connection models to your children that they also need to have their own personal passions and interests.

Do you have planned downtime in your family’s schedule? I mean time where your kids have the opportunity to be…. BORED? This time offers two opportunities: it give your mind breathing space to create and it helps them to relax and to explore something they may not have thought to try before.

Do you model process over product? Do you talk about times when you thought you would not be able to come up with a solution to a problem but somehow taking a walk helped you gain clarity? Or a time when you thought you ruined a piece of art but upon stepping away found a new direction to take that made it better than you thought? These scenarios help your children to learn that they can carry on in the midst of frustration.

Do you have Q & A time with your children? How about finding a topic that you all can learn about together.

Finally, do you appreciate and value the use of imagination in everyday life?

These are just a few ways to open up more space for creativity in your family.