Fostering your child's creativity is important for a variety of reasons. Creative children are more apt to think critically and develop problem-solving skills. They are more likely to channel their feelings in healthy ways and grow in self-confidence. Creativity is an asset to one's long-term professional, social, and emotional development. Child experts encourage caregivers to nurture children's creativity. Mark Runco, Ph.D., director of the University of Georgia's Torrance Center for Creativity & Talent Development claims that everyone has creative potential, but, like many child-experts he believes "Our job as parents and teachers is to help kids fulfill it."
As an African American and even more as an American citizen, I recognize that I live in a world that is better because Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived. He is a great example for each of us showing us that standing on the side of truth can be arduous, but the principle of conviction can overcome any obstacle. His conviction guided him through the imminence of death, the responsibility of leadership during uncertainty, and faith to endure constant adversity.
We are raising our children in a world of connectivity. Today, more than ever, we are truly able to step into someone else's life through the Internet. As children begin to investigate the world around them, time and distance no longer impedes their ability to view other's perspectives and share thoughts and ideas. But the Internet is not the only place young people can gain exposure to the plights and hardships of others. They can do it through books too. Books that teach empathy can help children begin to formulate ways to make the world around them better.
In our culture, there's a lot of talk about passion. The upcoming generation isn't interested in punching a time-clock and waiting until they retire to have fun. They are interested in finding their passion now, while they are young, and figuring out how they can enjoy it their entire life. For some, it might translate into a career, while others may participate in activities on their own time.
Either way, finding one's passion can enrich one's life and lead to true happiness in life, so parents should spend time learning how to cultivate and nurture their child's passion. Whether your child is in kindergarten or high school, it's never too late to learn something new.