Thursday, October 10, 2013

Creativity flows

I just got off the phone with a very dear friend who said something that was so insightful. In my opinion, it should be made into a bigger movement in childhood...

She has three boys. The older one who is probably about six years old now comes home every day and draws for hours. And she is noticing that her two younger twins, three years old are doing the same. She says, she thinks that after bring at school for five hours, learning and being engaged the whole time, creativity and artwork helps them to process the day's learning. That absolutely makes sense!

Unfortunately, today's society hardly allows for that. Children are sent the schools and then shuttled off to another organized activity, then home, the homework and dinner. When do they have time to process? When do our children really have time to breathe?

I am guilty of this on some days. But I also neglect to give my child the tools to create with. After all, she is just a child. I need to remember to always give her access to her paints. Yesterday, we did this and she sat down a painted beautiful pictures of raspberries, strawberries, a rainbow...blueberries on a bush, and my favorite, cherries.

So, somehow we have to work to make this a movement. Giving children uninterrupted time to breathe and be creative. Being strong in our will to not be afraid for our children to just sit and "be" and just be bored.

Boredom is just the pause before creativity flows...


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