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:
opportunities to invent and create
willingness to experiment and take calculated risks
tolerance of failure
the capacity for design thinking
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
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
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!
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