The best gift you can give your child is creativity. See, I think most parents raise their kids with this notion that everyone has to be the same, but it is not like that. Creativity means being different, not the same. It means thinking differently, expressing yourself in a way that is unique just to you. Here is how you can help your child be more creative and encourage it.
1. Let them play an instrument they want
First, you need to let your kid play the instrument that they want. I know you might think that guitar lessons are more useful for them in life just because you played one, and it helped you deal with stress. But this is about their interest and not your interest. Even though there is nothing wrong with guitars, if those things bore your kid then do not force them to learn it. You can still encourage them by enrolling them in music school but let them pick which one they want first. If they do not like the guitar lessons nor piano lessons, try another instrument such as violin or drums. Let them explore what kind of instruments they enjoy before choosing one for themselves. If they want to play the piano, get them sheet music for Piano Man or some other classic songs and see how they do. If they don’t want classic songs, that’s okay too. Let them find their own songs on the internet and download sheet music for them. This will help them develop an interest in the instrument because they are actually learning how to play songs that they enjoy.
2. Let them do sports they want
Next is to let your kid do the sport they want. Just like with picking an instrument, you need to be open-minded when it comes to sports. There are some kids who hate sports but love dancing or acting instead. Basically, if it’s not harming them physically or mentally then let them do what they want. They will develop their strengths and perhaps adjust themselves towards liking physical activities. If it turns out that sports are still boring for them even after giving it a shot once in a while, then switch back to dance lessons or something else that they might enjoy more than sports. You can also consider getting them into martial arts which is great because there are different kinds of disciplines under one roof for your child to try out without breaking the bank. Building confidence is important for your child to grow up healthy, stable, and secure. However, kids are not born with it. It takes time and exposure for kids to learn how to deal with their interests and find ones that suit them best.
3. Encourage art classes
Next up is art classes. Art classes are great for kids because it helps them express themselves differently. There are many disciplines under the banner of fine arts such as painting, sculpting, and digital arts which can be found online for your child to try out at their age. These types of mediums demand creativity when creating something from scratch through various techniques and styles. Plus, art can help boost self-esteem because there is always room for improvement until you get the perfect piece that you envision in your mind on paper or canvas. And if that is not enough reason then consider this: exposure to creativity at early ages helps children develop strong thinking skills which will come in handy throughout their academic years ahead of them. Art is amazing for children who love to be creative and express themselves. And if your child is struggling with how they look, then you can also consider getting them into fashion design, so they will have a better understanding of what clothes they would like to wear.
4. Allow them to explore different types of food, flavors, and textures
Next up is food. If you have picky eaters at home, then this might be a problem for them in the future when they try to get their way around food in college or when they start working. Food will play a big role in their lives and not allowing too much freedom with it can cause issues in the long run. Cooking helps children develop good eating habits because kids tend to copy what their parents do when cooking meals from scratch. This encourages them to try new things without any restrictions on what types of food that they want to eat. They learn how to follow instructions and cook simple dishes by themselves which gives them more confidence towards trying out other cuisines in the near future. This also benefits parents because kids can have fun making their own lunches and even help out with dinner every once in a while. It might be difficult to get them into cooking initially, but it will get better over time as they get older and more interested in the kitchen.
5. Pay attention to what they are interested in
Lastly, pay attention to your child’s interests. If they love video games as a hobby then maybe consider getting them into coding or programming in the future when they are ready for it. The digital era has changed all aspects of our lives even within the educational system, so why not encourage this type of learning when you can? It might sound difficult, but kids are capable of doing it because technology is just embedded into their minds in different ways. You can also consider getting them into robotics or lego-building since there are many types of robots in this world that help people in their daily lives. No matter what field your kid gets interested in later on in life, be supportive and provide every opportunity for them to excel at whatever they want to do. Even if they want to be astronauts, then allow them to go to space camp or join an astronomy club because this will show them that education is the key to everything that they wish for in life.
It is important for parents to understand what their kids are doing with their lives instead of always trying to control it. It is fine for them to have hobbies at a young age since they will not know better if you give them free rein on this. And who knows, maybe your child will come up with some great ideas and inventions!