Parenting Coach Mia Von Scha says that people tend to confuse creativity and being artistic. She adds that creativity is a skill that allows us to adapt no matter what the world throws at us. It’s structured around the way you think about things, and your ability to solve problems says Von Scha. Science and Maths can be very creative fields says Von Scha.
All children are creative initially.— Mia Von Scha, parenting coach at transformational parenting
All children are naturally creative in some way, until we train creativity out of children says Von Scha. She adds that as parents, we teach them how to follow the rules, fit in, and conform.
We send them to school, and then we put them through a system that is designed to train children for the industrial revolution.— Mia Von Scha, parenting coach at transformational parenting
Von Scha adds that the other thing we do with creative children, is that we put them on medication so they’re easier to manage.
Von Scha highlights 5 tips to help your children maintain their natural creativity.
This would be my number one rule for raising creative kids says Von Scha. Our fear of failure, prevents us from exploring, trying new things and thinking outside of the box says Von Scha. She adds that the more you fail the more you learn.
Failure is the number one thing that we need to do if we want our children to grow up creative.— Mia Von Scha, parenting coach at transformational parenting
Provide materials not instructions
Von Scha says that the standard art lesson with young children involves providing them with very specific materials, and telling them what to make with those materials. This is not art, it's imitation says Von Scha. She adds that true creativity requires the opportunity to use materials in a unique and novel way.
Allow for some rule breaking
If we all broke all the rules there would be mayhem says Von Scha, but a little bit of anarchy goes a long way. She adds that people don’t like breaking the rules, but where would we be, without the likes of the Mandela's and Gandhi’s of the world.
Teach them to question everything and everyone
This is an essential element of creativity says Von Scha. She adds that teaching children to cross reference facts, investigate further and ask questions is vital in retaining their creativity.
Never let your children say, “I can’t”
Von Scha says that there are certain ways of thinking, that can shut down creativity. Statements like “I can’t” or “That’s impossible” tell our brains to stop working on the problem because there's no point in wasting time she adds. Von Scha adds that parents and guardians need to redirect a child's thoughts into saying, “How can I? ”
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