It’s important for children to learn to be Creative

Have you ever thought of what Creativity really is? The google definition of creativity is, the use of your imagination or original ideas to create something. Another word you could use to describe creativity is inventiveness.

Mary Lou Cook describes it best. She said: “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.”

Bright idea
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People often believe that creativity only applies to creating art. This is simply not true! There are so many people who don’t work in the art sector who rely on creativity to be inventive in their jobs.

Some examples you ask?
How about doctors? They have to use the information they gather about their patients and their conditions and apply it to all the information they learnt in medical school and come up with a diagnoses and a CREATIVE treatment plan. Ok maybe treating a cold isn’t the most creative job in the world, but how about specialists who works with new diseases or diseases that don’t respond to the usual treatment? Those doctors need to come up with highly creative solutions.

Creativity is only the concept of coming up with new and innovative ways to solve any problems.

How about IT? Some people would claim that the nerdy tech guys couldn’t possibly be creative, but my awesome husband comes up with crazy and interesting ways of implementing old code in new ways. That’s creativity right there.

A while ago I realized that my kids didn’t grasp the concept of creativity. I was being referenced as the only person in the house who is creative.

Yes I do love painting, creating things with my hands and taking pictures, but those are just some areas of life where you can APPLY creativity to. So I set out on a mission to help my kids understand that creativity is used everywhere, not just in art.

Why is Creativity important in everyday life?

1. Creativity makes life interesting and fulfilling. Have you ever thought about how passionate and full of joy kids are in general? It’s because they have the ability to apply creativity to any activity they do. Either they transform into princesses or dragons, or they turn your living room floor into lava. They might decided today that they want to see the world from a different and and try to read upside down, or they’ll try to eat their porridge with a fork just to see what happens. Doing things in new and unexpected ways keep life fun. And according to research, it also keeps Alzheimer’s disease at bay.

Creativity makes life interesting like lighting sparklers
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2. Creativity is important for problem solving. If someone believes they can’t be creative, there is no way they will be able to accept the challenge of solving a problem. Even everyday tasks like finding ways to pay bills on time, or filing important documents, or organizing cupboards can become difficult if we don’t believe that we can come up with a good solution. This relies on creative processes. In those situations a person needs to come up with a new way of doing mundane everyday tasks in a way that solves the problem.

3. Creativity help us to be more resilient when experiencing problems. When we choose to become creative problem solvers, we stop seeing problems as obstacles, but rather as opportunities to grow. It can even become a fun experience to figure out how to overcome the next challenge. Here we can learn from our children again. A baby trying to learn to walk doesn’t give up on the 3rd or 7th or 20th attempt. No, they try new ways of getting up, or grabbing onto something until they manage to walk.

Creativity plays an important role in our lives. And luckily it’s a skill that can be learnt. And like most other skills, it’s better to start early! Maya Angelou, poet and civil rights activist said the following: “You can’t use up creativity, the more you use it, the more you have.”

Creativity does not only apply to artists
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Positive and creativity inspiring experiences are crucial for our children. We need to teach our kids from a young age to embrace problems, think creatively and come up with innovative ideas to solve problems. It’s important for children to learn to be Creative so that they can become inventors, engineers, artist, or whichever career they choose.

In the world we currently live in, everything is instant. Instant gratification is a huge inhibitor of creativity. It is creating children with a lack of perseverance and problem solving abilities. Google does EVERYTHING for us and leaves no room for self discovery.

Please understand me correctly, I LOVE to google everything and I find that it can be useful to learn from other’s mistakes and expertise. But we need to be careful to not teach our kids to only rely on others for answers. We need to grease our brains and get our thinking caps on before we ask google.

The bottom line is this:

We should allow our children to explore, make mistakes, learn and grow. And we should encourage them to react to problems in creative ways, even if it doesn’t fit into our little box of thinking.

If we can help them expand their minds, and overcome obstacles, then they will be able to become the leaders of the future.

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