5 Steps to Raising a Creative Child

Just kidding. 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’t give you steps but I can give you ideas to help your child’s creativity blossom and grow into maturity . . .

Conditions for Creativity

Parents can create environments that encourage creativity. These environments include:

down time
opportunities to invent and create

Blogger, Jillian Riley, suggests in her eBook, Raising a Creative Kid, that the environment include:

open-ended toys
pretend play
creative art spaces
Creating Innovators author, Tony Wagner writes that creative innovators need:
willingness to experiment and take calculated risks
tolerance of failure
the capacity for design thinking
critical thinking
Sir Ken Robinson, in his famous TEDx talk, books, and articles, says that schools kill creativity. To encourage creative thinking, they’ll need to:
celebrate curiosity
provide ample opportunities for divergent thinking (divergent vs. convergent thinking explained here)
nix so much standardized testing

Books About Creativity

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

Articles About Creativity

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

Last Piece of Advice

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!

steps to raising a creative child

see also:
The Artist’s Way for Parents
How you can encourage your child’s creativity by Melanie Sklarz
Artist’s Dates with Your Kids