Why It’s More Important to Raise Creative Kids Than “Successful” Ones | El Paso, Texas
All parents want to give their children a perfect life: a good school, nice clothes, food on the table and a bright future. That last one is their major concern, and all they do, they do it to make sure that their kids will grow up to be successful and happy adults. Some do that by imposing their decisions on their children, showing them the “better path”, getting them interested in math instead of art, forcing them to go to med school or to study law later on, in the hope that their kids will have a better life than them.
Sure, this comes from good faith, but, if you’re worried for your kids’ future, I have the perfect solution for you (no, it’s not a hidden 1 billion dollars, this might sound cliché, but money doesn’t always mean success): Creativity!
“What? How?” you might ask. It has been proven long ago that creative kids grow up to be successful adults. They are curious, they always want to know more, and sometimes, you might think that they live in their heads way too much, but don’t worry; it’s a sign of intelligence!
Einstein had said “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” And “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” I mean, guys, that’s Einstein! And we all know how successful he was. Imagination makes children ingenious and turns them into problem solvers, who not only think outside the box, but get rid of the box entirely!
So now, I’m not going to show you how to raise successful kids (and really, would you trust someone who’d tell you they have THE recipe to raise successful kids? Sounds a little bit suspicious to me uh), but I will show you some tricks that will help stimulate your kids’ imagination, which will lead them into being more curious, more creative, and hence, finding their calling in life and following it, be it art, writing, science or politics.
A simple way to build your kids’ creativity is to give them the freedom to experience life on their own. Of course, I’m not talking about taking them to a park and letting them venture on their own. For example, when you’re coloring with your kid and see them coloring outside the lines, don’t stop them and tell them that it’s wrong. On the contrary, let them, that’s how they will learn not to stop their imagination and creativity for the sake of fitting in (and let’s be real for a second here, fitting in is quite boring. No one achieved success by fitting in.)
Play! Yes, you’re not reading it wrong. Play with your kids, make puzzles, play board games or soccer. This will help your kids broaden their point of views and become more curious about the world. You can also help them invent games by themselves, they can be simple but it will still be an exercise for their imagination.
Create stories together. Instead of reading them a story before bedtime, which is a pretty passive activity for the kids, create a story together where all of you add to the plot and imagine the characters. Make it a regular activity, and who knows? Maybe, one day in the future, your kid will end up writing a best-seller. Nothing is impossible!
Awaken the artist in them. Buy them paint and clay, and let them express themselves through colors and forms. And always, always encourage them! It’s through encouragements that kids grow their talents.
Finally, and this is my personal favorite part, teach your kids the joys of reading. I will never say it enough, books are a treasure island and every kid should have access to them. Books are full of wonders; they will make your child dream and live a million lives through their pages. Studies show that readers, especially fiction readers, develop a deeper sense of humility and empathy. It also improves brain function and enhances their imagination.
Reading will broaden your kids’ imagination and empower their minds. They will develop critical thinking and will be more sensitive, more understanding and more gentle to their peers. And we all know that the world needs more gentleness and kindness.
So dear parents; don’t try to raise successful kids. Raise creative children instead, and they will grow up to create their own version of success, be it traveling the world or becoming a tech genius. In the end, all we want for our kids is to be happy. Right?