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Promoting Creative Children: Why Is This A Great Skill?

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Robyn McKay describes how a mother can encourage her children to unleash their creative abilities and explains why creativity is an important skill in life.

Robyn McKay:
Moms often ask me how they can help their children be more creative and I find that actually a lot of children are naturally creative and it’s more about ensuring that they continue to be so.

So providing encouragement in the areas where they are finding their children do have gifts and talents. For example, if a little girl is an early reader and she loves to memorize books and poems and musicals and maybe she loves to dance, getting her started in music classes and dance classes early is a way of cultivating that interest.

The important thing about creativity that some people may not know is that the world belongs to creative people. The innovators are the ones who are going to advance our culture and there are a lot of people right now who are talking about the importance of creativity. The thing that I like to help people understand is that creative people, with their openness to their experiences, with their ability to think very quickly and solve problems in innovative ways, are the ones who are really going to help get us out of the mess that we are in financially and even with the oil well. I think in the gulf coast right now we are calling on creativity and innovation in order to fix that problem.

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EmpowHER Guest

Hi Anonymous,

Thank you for sharing that story. It is always amazing to know that children are our future and are often reminded that being different is wrong. I know, myself, thinking outside the box gave me a better understanding of life which is called 'open-minded'.

To all the children that make the longest cut, keep doing so!

July 17, 2010 - 9:06am
EmpowHER Guest

I often tell that story of the first grader told by the teacher to cut her paper “the long way.” Although the teacher meant vertically, the child cut it diagonally, because that makes the longest cut. The child was reprimanded for doing it wrong.

As an advertising creative director, I often reminded my staff that there were no rules if they had a solution that met the challenge. And I encouraged my children in the same ways. Hooray for out-of-the-box thinking.
Sid (The Creativity Institute)

July 17, 2010 - 6:54am
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