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How to raise a creative child despite a conforming school system – part 1

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It’s no secret anymore, there’s no debating that the future is about creativity and that school is stifling it.

In my book “School is broken” I pointed out the flaws in the school system as it relates to the future but I didn’t give any solutions. I’ve received many emails from readers asking me how I think we should go about raising a creative child in this system, so here we go.

First off, I want to say that I’m optimistic that the school system is starting to move in the right direction. I’ve received many emails from teachers saying that things are changing. But it’s a big ship to turn around and it’s going to take time.

The good news is parents play the biggest role in children lives. It starts from the womb. If a mother is stressed while pregnant, studies show that the child will be born with a higher stress level. From birth to the age of 7 years old it seems that parents have the biggest influence. In short in those years it’s important that the child feels loved.

Looking beyond words

My daughter got home from horse camp and told me she memorized over 50 different parts of a horse. I’ve never heard of most of those words but it got me thinking. What is the point of knowing 50 different parts of a horse? They are just words, semantics. It’s a horse, get on it and ride. But this is an example of what we as humans like to do, we like to categories things in order to better communicate what we are talking about. We like to use the language we invented to break things down into parts and give them fancy names. This is what science is. Newton didn’t invent gravity, he noticed an apple falling and called it gravity. I say this because science has tried to categorize creativity. They’ve recently categorized the creative mind into four parts being sensitivity, flexibility, originality and fluency.

But as I read this scientific explanation I couldn’t help but think about my daughter who saves the bug we are about to squish, who’s afraid of a cartoon monster, who comes up with random thoughts and is able to jump from one thought to the next. What they are really saying is that children are born creative. Children are born sensitive. And what we need to do is nurture their creativity every chance we can. When a plant isn’t growing, we don’t blame the plant – we fix it’s environment. Much of what I’m going to talk about in this series of blog posts will comes down to allowing children to be children. To stop trying to control them.

Humanity is undergoing a huge shift. Old paradigms are falling apart, and we are in desperate need of people who perceive and respond differently than we’ve been taught.

We, as parents, need to support or sensitive children. Enough with making our kids be less less creative, less hyper, less emo, less whatever and help them change the world. They’re going to anyway. The question is, are they going to have to work as hard as we’re working now to learn self-love and self-worth, or can we just give it to them?

Stay tuned for part 2.

I’ve written more about creativity here, here, here.



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