3 ways to encourage creativity in your daughter
This is not an article about getting out the paint brush or writing a poem or playing an instrument.
Although I do have a paint task at the end for you!
Yes these are all acts of creativity, but I want to share three ways to encourage creativity more broadly.
To be creative you have to do something. Creativity is a process and it has outcomes.
“You have to put your imagination to work,” says Sir Ken Robinson, international advisor on creativity in education, “Solve a problem in a whole new way.” Lots of people have good ideas (those that have value), but it is the process of putting those good ideas into action which brings about creativity.
As you may know we invite girls to share a creative morning with us every couple of months. They design a mood board for their bedroom and we ask them to think of a ‘feeling’ word which becomes the focal point of their board.
‘Alive” was a word chosen by a 14 year old. When invited to share it with the class she doubted it was the right word and a little shy about mentioning it because what others might think. With encouragement, she stuck with it. She committed to creating something that encapsulated what it meant to her. The result was unique, beautiful and inspiring and she owned it.
Three things to encourage your daughter to tap into the process of creativity
1. Remove doubt
Now this is difficult because neuroscientists tell us that 80% of our thoughts are negative. This is an evolutionary thing designed to keep us alive – a protective mechanism. If we acknowledge that these negative thoughts do have our best interests at heart, we can also tell ourselves they aren’t always entirely helpful. So we can tip our hat to those thoughts, and say thankyou very much for your concern, but I think “I can do this!”
2. Face Fears
Fears are entirely natural and again have been the things that have kept us alive for 10 of 1000s of years, but if we are to move beyond, Just Surviving, we need to take a deep breath, turn around and look it in the eye. It helps if you know someone has your back, so share your fears with someone you can count on/feel safe with, as you take that deep breath.
3. Take Risks
These can be big or small – you know what risks you are ready for. I have created a small task below which allows you to take a small risk – sharing a little of yourself in a safe and supportive environment. Start now while the stakes are low and build upon it. It can be invigorating and an enormous contributor to your confidence.
Here is where to start
This post didn’t start with the ‘arts’ but I am going to end with it, using it as a simple illustration of these three things in action and how simple it is for you to get started!
She is sitting in front of a blank canvas, with a paint brush in hand,
Looking at it, not game to commit the paint,
Doubting she can create something good and fearing what others may think of it.
1. Buy a canvas 10 x 10in + paint brush + some acrylic paint of your favourite colour/s (Officeworks or Spotlight have them)
2. Paint the canvas in your favourite colour/s (no need to draw an image)
3. Share an image of your canvas and one word on how it makes you feel, with us on our Facebook Page (/Dreamingbigforlittlegirls)