How to Create a Healthier and More Creative Environment for Your Children

Creativity is something that is seriously lacking in today's children. [...]

Creativity is something that is seriously lacking in today’s children. The ability to run with their imagination and play games, create art, enjoy music, etc., are activities that stimulate the young brain and expand their minds further than just being confined to a desk. 

This is part of the reason why schools are facing rather drastic budget cuts, and parents are feeling concerned about how well their children will be able to succeed in the future.

Preparing The Environment

To help your children succeed in life, rather than just helping them pass their classes and prepare for their SATs, you need to create an environment that can help their creativity flourish. 

This does not always mean that you should turn your child loose with tons of money and lots of time on their hands to indulge in whatever they please. It can also mean devoting a little bit of time each day to help them with creative endeavors that nurture the soul as well as the mind.

Creating A More Creative Environment

Develop their sense of imagination.  

Encourage your children to explore the world around them, inventing stories and characters they then bring to life with their own imagination.  

If they are young children, make it fun by bringing them a blanket, toys, and books that encourage creativity, such as clay pots and blocks.  

It is also important to encourage your children to take part in regular arts and crafts activities that range from singing or playing an instrument in the car (ideal for kids with ADHD), creating or modeling a sculpture, or making jewelry with beads.

Create a space for your children where they can be themselves.  

Every child needs a special place where they can express their unique talents and individuality in a way that lets them know that you are open to it.  

You don’t have to go out and buy a massive art studio for them, but you can make a comfortable space in a room for them. Include things like a giant fluffy bean bag, a place for their artwork to hang, storage bins for creative endeavors, whatever your kids like to do, whether it is painting, dancing, or playing an instrument. 

There is no limit as long as it is safe, clean, and fun.  

Take up exercise together with your children

If your child is old enough to try out a sport, let them do it.  

They will benefit from the exercise, and even if they are not great at it, sports help children improve their coordination.  

You can also play games (and as adults, we need to remember how to play too), such as tag in the yard or a game of soccer in the park.  

Make sure to always spend time with your children each day and do something active together. The goal is for you to be there together so you can start conversations that bond you both together.

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