ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY AND CREATIVE THINKING, DO NOT SUPPRESS IT.
"Successful people don't do different things, they do things differently."
Reality which we need to know about our kids
Unfortunately, the society and environment in which we all
live today, focuses on children being seen and not heard. Conformity, discipline and
neatness are emphasized, whereas curiosity is not only neglected but also suppressed. Our
children today are expected to do research for their school homework, write essays, make
projects and do assignments in a neat, organized and precise manner. If they do so, their
work is appreciated and rewarded. Likewise all exam papers do not contain any real
knowledge or ingenuity. All the 50 children in a particular class learn the same set of
notes they are give and if they directly reproduce it in papers they are sure to get good
marks. Each of the exam papers look like mirror images of one another. There are no new
thoughts, fresh ideas or solutions in the work and assignments being done. An interesting
thing that one must notice is that it is at this age that children tend to be creative and
they let their minds wander and think. They want to broaden their horizons and go on new
ventures. But our society and educational pattern suppresses creativity and ingenuity at
its very inception. Due to this behavior, how are our children supposed to achieve their
dreams if all their feelings and tendencies are contained within them and clamped shut.
What happens in the future .......
When today's children grow up and become tomorrow's managers, working in big firms and
MNC's , these same children who were suppressed in their childhood are expected to think
of brilliant plans. They are expected to bring about new innovations and solutions and in
addition to practicing creative thinking, they have to set such a pattern and inculcate it
in the organizational culture. They have to optimize all the available resources and
factors of production in order to maximize profits. All their life, these very same
children have been suppressed and suddenly as they mature they are suddenly expected to
shift over to being creative and using the right side of their brain where as for the past
25 years or so they have been using the left side of their brain.
Creative thinking - should it be encouraged ?
For the full growth and all round development of your child, it is your duty and
responsibility to cultivate creativity in your child's thoughts and actions.
* Have patience with your child. A child's ideas may not always be practical or feasible,
still give your child a chance to talk and express his feelings and ideas.
* Avoid ridiculing whatever suggestions your child may make. If possible explain to him
why his idea is not possible.
* Encourage and appreciate your child's efforts towards creative thoughts and ideas.
Always make them feel good about their brilliant ideas and solutions. Even if their
suggestions are strange or bizzare, still make them feel good by telling them that you
would have never thought of something so innovative.
* Generate innovativeness from your child. Due to advancement and developments, no one
knows where the world will be 20 years from now, so encourage originality in your child's