:: Encouraging Teens’ Creativity In The Home ::
This is a place I want to collect thoughts on a teens’ creativity. The roles of both the children and the parents. It’s not specifically about my children, or a craft or a recipe or a hair color… it’s the concept of finding the balance in the home to allow our young ladies and gentlemen to branch out beyond our interests and choices as parents and find what really gets them pumped!
And it’s a place where we can learn from each other! – we can even learn from each others’ teens! What ways do you encourage their imaginations? Are there areas that are a challenge to you in your effort?
Or what ways did your parents encourage you? Did it play a big part in developing you into the person you are today?
Vlogging has been an interest to my daughter, Madison. I never in a bajillion years would’ve thought this would be an area of creativity for her. She really taught me about herself as she pursued this interest!
Creativity can take on so many different forms and that is what keeps it so full of life!! You could be setting a tone for inspiration in the kitchen with a new recipe, or researching a band your kids are just begging to see, or digging through the library in the DIY section for books on a particular topic. So many options…. so little time!
Throwing new ingredients together in different combinations is very liberating! There are some things I follow a recipe for, but I really enjoy winging it in the kitchen. Kendall put together an incredible cold barley / vegetable salad seasoned with fresh herbs, garlic, and balsamic vinegar. Yum!
Let’s hear from some young adults on the subject of creativity and its importance! I asked several between the ages of 15 and 20 to give me their thoughts on the impact of having creativity encouraged in them.
“I think all the video games, social media, youtube, and tv are slowly killing my generation’s imaginations -(im not saying that they’re wrong im saying we should use less of them) and being creative has alot to do with your imagination. My mindset has always been “if i can conceive it and believe it then I can achieve it” and I live by that every day. It all boils down to is this: it doesnt matter how much money you make nor how nice your car is, what matters is how you achieved it.“
“I think it’s important to encourage creativity and self expression from a very young age. Initiating and cultivating that mindset of exploration and experimentation encourages a lifestyle of curiosity and bravery. Art is one of the most powerful ways to express oneself-whether it be through words, paint, movement, threads, ink, architecture, or music. Equipping children with the tools necessary for whatever method of expression they find satisfying opens up a world of self-teaching lessons that can’t be found in a classroom or textbook. Creativity isn’t limited to the generalized ideas that mainstream culture assumes-each person is different and will find an intricately unique way of expression and ingenuity.”
“The way that I see it, creativity is derived from inspiration. If you don’t have people, things, or situations to inspire you, where is the creativity to come from?”
“As a teenager who loves to make music, I am strongly influenced by the artists and bands I listen to. My choices in fashion and style are often inspired by them, and their skills give me the desire to become a better musician myself. My parents, knowing that music is a huge part of my life, allow me to go to concerts- often going out of their way to get me there. They allow me to express myself creatively through the way I dress, how I do my hair, how I do my makeup; all of which I wouldn’t feel like myself if I wasn’t allowed to do. Being free to have opportunities to stay inspired and express myself (even if it means thumbtack holes all over the walls in my room from posters and my photography!) is something I’m very thankful for.”
“I believe it is extremely important to promote creativity in the household, especially for teens. The teenage years are so jam packed with new life changing experiences and decisions that may be difficult for some teens. Creativity is an outlet for teens to get away from all of the things that are happening in their lives. Introducing your child to different creative things when they’re young, such as music, art, or writing, will be beneficial in their teenage years because they know it’s a safe escape for them.”
Pictured above is an angora rabbit. It’s wool is the softest thing I’ve ever touched in my life. This is one of the areas my daughter finds creative outlet. What began as a love for knitting – grew to a curiosity about yarn – to a curiosity about spinning – to a curiosity about the origin of fiber – to a curiosity about angora – long story short she now breeds angora rabbits and harvests the wool. It’s a hairy job but somebody’s got to do it! hahaha… she loves it though and I love helping her. It’s been a learning process for us both and it has bonded us together in ways I can hardly begin to describe — because it was a longing in HER heart.
Tell us about some ways you have had a great experience with your children’s’ creativity! Or your OWN! We love to hear YOUR STORIES!