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There isn’t a five-step process for raising a creative child.
It’s is not linear, not black and white, or right or wrong. (What a relief!) In fact, your child is already creative. (So are you!) Today, I can give you some ideas to help your child’s creativity blossom and grow into maturity . . .
Parents can create environments that encourage creativity. These environments include:
opportunities to invent and create
Here are some of the most respected books on creativity. Sadly, I removed Imagine by Jonah Leher from this list since he recently confessed to fabricating quotes. Boo.
Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration by Keith Sawyer
Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Sir Ken Robinson
Ingenius: A Crash Course on Creativity by Tina Seelig
Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod
Cracking Creativity (& Thinkertoys) by Michael Michalko
Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft
How to Be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith
Unstuck: 52 Ways to Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing at Home, at Work & In Your Studio by Noah Scalin
Still want to read more about creativity? Here are great online links to keep you busy thinking for awhile.
Creativity 101, Imagination Soup.
How Can You Encourage Your Child’s Creativity? Imagination Soup.
Video Games Help Creativity, USA Today
Do schools kill creativity?, Parenting.com
Top 50 Creativity Posts, My Creative Team
Raising a Creative Kid by Jillian Riley (eBook)
Tips on How to Be Creative by John Cleese (video)
Using Humor to Understand Creativity, Big Think
Don’t worry about being creative. You already are. You don’t have to read any articles, any the books, do any exercises . . . you were born creative and still are. So are your kids. Just relax. Be. Create.
Now go have fun with your creative selves!